Unsuspected failure of nasotracheal intubation.


This report describes a patient with a clinically normal airway who could not, even with the aid of a fiberoptic bronchoscope, be intubated nasotracheally. Failure was due to a large bony prominence projecting anteriorly into the nasopharynx from the body of the first cervical vertebrae. This bony prominence deflected both the endotracheal tube and… (More)