Anaesthesia and subglottic airway obstruction

  • B A Bulbulia
  • R Ahmed Chris Hani Baragwanath Hospital
Keywords: anesthesia, sub-glottic airway obstruction, Shared Airway, Jet Ventilation, TIVA/TCA, Laser Excision, Monitoring


In this article, we describe the anaesthetic management and laser excision of a subglottic tumour that caused upper airway obstruction. Stridor was the presenting feature. A good history and careful assessment will reduce the likelihood of erroneous or delayed diagnosis and will improve patient outcome.This case report highlights the use of target-controlled infusions and jet ventilation (high-pressure source ventilation) in the surgical excision of a subglottic tumour.

Author Biographies

B A Bulbulia
DA. FCA [SA] BA [Hons]
R Ahmed, Chris Hani Baragwanath Hospital
FCS [SA] Principal Specialist Chris Hani Baragwanath Hospital.
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