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Case Reports in Anesthesiology
Volume 2013, Article ID 717928, 7 pages
Case Report

GlideScope and Frova Introducer for Difficult Airway Management

1Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine, Department of Life, Health and Environmental Sciences, University of L’Aquila, Viale San Salvatore, Edificio 6, 67100 L’Aquila, Italy
2Operative Unit of Anesthesiology, Intensive Care and Pain Medicine, Civil Hospital “G. Mazzini” of Teramo, Piazza Italia, 64100 Teramo, Italy

Received 20 April 2013; Accepted 5 June 2013

Academic Editors: U. Buyukkocak, C. Seefelder, and D. A. Story

Copyright © 2013 Alessandra Ciccozzi et al. 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.


The introduction into clinical practice of new tools for intubation as videolaringoscopia has dramatically improved the success rate of intubation and the work of anesthesiologists in what is considered the most delicate maneuver. Nevertheless intubation difficulties may also be encountered with good anatomical visualization of glottic structures in videolaringoscopia. To overcome the obstacles that may occur both in a difficult provided intubation such as those unexpected, associated endotracheal introducer able to facilitate the passage of the endotracheal tube through the vocal cords into the trachea may be useful. We report 4 cases of difficult intubation planned and unplanned and completed successfully using the GlideScope videolaryngoscope associated with endotracheal Frova introducer.