Difficult intubation in a patient with vallecular cyst
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Kothandan H, Ho VK, Chan YM, Wong T
Correspondence: Dr Harikrishnan Kothandan, sudhari71@gmail.com

Although rare, vallecular cysts can have catastrophic consequences in an anaesthetised patient if airway management is inappropriate. We report a case of difficult intubation in a 46-year-old man with a vallecular cyst, and detail the methods and strategies for successful endotracheal tube insertion. Following a review of the current literature, we also discuss airway management options in adult patients with vallecular cysts.

Keywords: airway obstruction, anaesthesia, difficult airway, fibreoptic bronchoscope, vallecular cyst
Singapore Med J 2013; 54(3): e62–e65; doi:10.11622/smedj.2013059

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