South Asian Journal of Cancer

CASE REPORT
Year
: 2012  |  Volume : 1  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 90--92

Emergency percutaneous tracheostomy in two cancer patients with difficult airway: An alternative to cricothyroidotomy?


Prashant Nasa, Akhilesh Singh, Deven Juneja, Nitin Garg, Omender Singh, Yash Javeri 
 Department of Critical Care Medicine, Max Superspeciality Hospital, 1, Press Enclave Road, Saket, New Delhi, India

Correspondence Address:
Prashant Nasa
Department of Critical Care Medicine, Max Superspeciality Hospital, 1, Press Enclave Road, Saket, New Delhi
India

Inability to intubate and/or ventilate either due to distorted neck anatomy or restricted mouth opening is uncommon but potentially hazardous clinical scenario in head and neck cancer patients. Emergency cricothyroidotomy in such patients may provide a means of oxygenating the patient, but in practice has limitations and does not establish a definitive airway. We report 2 cases who had distorted face and neck anatomy in which percutaneous tracheostomy was done as an emergency life-saving procedure when other measures to obtain a definitive airway failed.


How to cite this article:
Nasa P, Singh A, Juneja D, Garg N, Singh O, Javeri Y. Emergency percutaneous tracheostomy in two cancer patients with difficult airway: An alternative to cricothyroidotomy?.South Asian J Cancer 2012;1:90-92


How to cite this URL:
Nasa P, Singh A, Juneja D, Garg N, Singh O, Javeri Y. Emergency percutaneous tracheostomy in two cancer patients with difficult airway: An alternative to cricothyroidotomy?. South Asian J Cancer [serial online] 2012 [cited 2019 Apr 19 ];1:90-92
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