The unexpected difficult airway and lingual tonsil hyperplasia: a case series and a review of the literature.

@article{Ovassapian2002TheUD,
  title={The unexpected difficult airway and lingual tonsil hyperplasia: a case series and a review of the literature.},
  author={Andranik Ovassapian and Raymond Glassenberg and Gail I Randel and Allan Klock and Paul S Mesnick and Jerome M Klafta},
  journal={Anesthesiology},
  year={2002},
  volume={97 1},
  pages={124-32}
}
BACKGROUND An unexpected difficult intubation occurs because physical examination of the airway is imperfect in predicting it. Lingual tonsil hyperplasia (LTH) is one risk factor for an unanticipated failed intubation that is not detectable during a routine oropharyngeal examination. The authors attempted to determine the incidence of LTH in unanticipated failed intubation in patients subjected to general anesthesia. METHODS Thirty-three patients with unanticipated failed intubation via… CONTINUE READING
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