Lingual Tonsil Hypertrophy: rescuing the airway with videolaryngoscopy

Fouad Ghazi Souki, Shweta Rahul Yemul-Golhar, Yosaf Zeyed, Ernesto A. Pretto

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Lingual tonsils are lymphatic tissues located at the base of the tongue that may hypertrophy causing difficulty and sometimes inability to ventilate or intubate during anesthesia. Routine airway assessment fails to diagnose lingual tonsil hypertrophy. There is limited experience with use of videolaryngoscopy in cases of lingual tonsil hypertrophy. We present a case of difficult airway due to unanticipated lingual tonsil hypertrophy successfully managed by atypical video laryngoscope positioning.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)242-245
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of Clinical Anesthesia
StatePublished - Dec 1 2016


  • GlideScope
  • Lingual tonsil hypertrophy
  • Video laryngoscope

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine


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