Lingual Tonsil Hypertrophy: rescuing the airway with videolaryngoscopy

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

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Abstract

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
Volume35
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 1 2016

Keywords

  • GlideScope
  • Lingual tonsil hypertrophy
  • Video laryngoscope

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine

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