Tongue engorgement with prolonged use of the esophageal-tracheal Combitube.

@article{McGlinch2004TongueEW,
  title={Tongue engorgement with prolonged use of the esophageal-tracheal Combitube.},
  author={Brian P McGlinch and David P. Martin and Gerald W Volcheck and Stephen W. Carmichael},
  journal={Annals of emergency medicine},
  year={2004},
  volume={44 4},
  pages={320-2}
}
We report a case of massive tongue engorgement associated with placement of an esophageal-tracheal twin-lumen airway device (Combitube) in a morbidly obese patient. Approximately 4 hours after atraumatic placement of the Combitube, tongue swelling occurred. An emergency tracheostomy was needed for airway management before removal of the Combitube. Ischemia… CONTINUE READING