Case Report

Unanticipated Difficult Nasal Intubation Due to a Prominent Anterior Tubercle of the First Cervical Spine

David Watton , Orlando R. Hung
Department of Anesthesiology, Dalhousie University, Victoria General Hospital, Halifax, Canada
J Anesth Perioper Med 2016; 3(6): 276- 279 . Published on Nov 18, 2016 . doi:10.24015/JAPM.2016.0037
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Nasal intubation is frequently used for airway management in patients undergoing many surgical procedures. This is a case report of an unanticipated difficult nasal intubation due to a prominent anterior tubercle of the first cervical spine vertebra (C1) resulting in aspiration of blood and hypoxemia following intubation. The subsequent airway management of the rescheduled elective case is also described. The specific difficulties in securing the airway for nasal intubation are described as well as the management strategies to circumvent this anatomical variant. This case report will be of interest to health care practitioners providing airway management via the nasal route for different populations.


Citation: David Watton, Orlando R. Hung. Unanticipated difficult nasal intubation due to a prominent anterior tubercle of the first cervical spine. J Anesth Perioper Med 2016; 3: 276-9. doi: 10.24015/JAPM.2016.0037

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