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Anesthesiology Research and Practice
Volume 2012 (2012), Article ID 968642, 5 pages
http://dx.doi.org/10.1155/2012/968642
Review Article

Airway Tube Exchanger Techniques in Morbidly Obese Patients

Department of Anesthesia, University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics, Iowa City, IA 52242, USA

Received 26 July 2011; Revised 27 October 2011; Accepted 7 November 2011

Academic Editor: Lebron Cooper

Copyright © 2012 Danai Udomtecha. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.

Abstract

Morbidly obese patients may present a challenge during airway management. When airway tube exchange is required, it can even be more challenging than the primary intubation. With the increasing prevalence of morbid obesity over the years, there will be increasing numbers of these patients presenting for surgical procedures, including ones that require endotracheal tube exchanges. It is therefore important for anesthesiologists to be familiar with options and limitations of the airway tube exchanger techniques.