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TECHNICAL NOTE
Year : 2011  |  Volume : 1  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 37-41

Submental orotracheal intubation: Our experience and review


Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, V.S.P.M's Dental College and Research, Nagpur, Maharashtra, India

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Ramakrishna S Shenoi
Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, V.S.P.M's Dental College and Research, Nagpur, Maharashtra
India
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DOI: 10.4103/2231-0746.83154

PMID: 23482892

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Introduction: In maxillofacial injuries, a choice has often to be made between different ways of intubation when surgical access to fractured nasal bone and simultaneous establishment of occlusion are required. We report our experience with submental intubation in the airway management of complex maxillofacial trauma patients. Aims : To evaluate the outcome of airway management in patients with complex maxillofacial fracture by submental intubation, time required for intubation, accidental extubation, postoperative complications, and to discuss indications, contraindications, advantages and disadvantages of submental intubation. Settings and Design : A retrospective study is designed. Materials and Methods : The medical records of seven patients who underwent submental intubation from December 2008 to June 2010 were reviewed and no statistical analysis was used. Results : At the end of the procedure all seven patients were extubated without any complications. Postoperatively only one patient presented with superficial infection of the submental wound. Conclusions : Submental endotracheal intubation is a simple technique with very low morbidity and can be used as an alternative to tracheostomy in selected cases of maxillofacial trauma.


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