Dexmedetomidine as an anaesthetic adjunct for management of difficult airway in a patient with facial injury following bear maul

Authors

  • Bashu Dev Parajuli Tribhuvan University Teaching Hospital, Maharajgunj, Kathmandu
  • Rejin Kumar Udaya Tribhuvan University Teaching Hospital, Maharajgunj, Kathmandu
  • Anubhav Sharma Tribhuvan University Teaching Hospital, Maharajgunj, Kathmandu
  • Gentle Sunder Shrestha Tribhuvan University Teaching Hospital, Maharajgunj, Kathmandu

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.3126/jsan.v2i2.13535

Keywords:

airway management, dexmedetomidine, facial injury

Abstract

The management of difficult airway is one of the most challenging tasks for the anaesthesiologist. Life threatening cannot intubate and cannot ventilate situation can be avoided by performing awake-fibreoptic intubation. Although there are many techniques described for fibreoptic intubation but relative merits and demerits of each technique should be considered. The key to successful awakefibreoptic intubation depends upon the meticulous preparation of the patient and the equipments. Many methods of sedation have been described but theirs side effects are the limitations. Dexmedetomidine, a selective alpha2 adrenergic agonist, has unique property of conscious sedation. Besides, dexmedetomidine has additional property of analgesia, reflex blunting and anti-sialogogue, which can further improve the success rate of awake-fibreoptic intubation in cases with difficult airway. We described a case of bear maul of face with anticipated difficult airway successfully conducted awake-fibreoptic intubation with the use of dexmedetomidine.

Journal of Society of Anesthesiologists of Nepal 2015; 2(2): 77-79

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Published

2015-09-30

How to Cite

Parajuli, B. D., Udaya, R. K., Sharma, A., & Shrestha, G. S. (2015). Dexmedetomidine as an anaesthetic adjunct for management of difficult airway in a patient with facial injury following bear maul. Journal of Society of Anesthesiologists of Nepal, 2(2), 77–79. https://doi.org/10.3126/jsan.v2i2.13535

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Case Reports