Nasa P.,Max Superspeciality Hospital i |
Singh A.,Max Superspeciality Hospital i |
Juneja D.,Max Superspeciality Hospital i |
Garg N.,Max Superspeciality Hospital i |
And 2 more authors.
South Asian Journal of Cancer | Year: 2012
Inability to intubate and/or ventilate either due to distorted neck anatomy or restricted mouth opening is uncommon but potentially hazardous clinical scenario in head and neck cancer patients. Emergency cricothyroidotomy in such patients may provide a means of oxygenating the patient, but in practice has limitations and does not establish a definitive airway. We report 2 cases who had distorted face and neck anatomy in which percutaneous tracheostomy was done as an emergency life-saving procedure when other measures to obtain a definitive airway failed.