C-MAC® video-laryngoscope assisted removal of pediatric upper airway foreign body via apneic technique: Two case reports

SAGE Open Med Case Rep. 2019 Jan 12:7:2050313X18823088. doi: 10.1177/2050313X18823088. eCollection 2019.


C-MAC® video-laryngoscope is often used by anesthetists in difficult intubation scenarios primarily in adults. Using this C-MAC® device in two of our pediatric cases, we successfully removed the laryngeal foreign body, while the anesthetist provided the apneic technique. A systematic review of PubMed and Google Scholar for similar cases was conducted. We found only one such case report of pediatric airway foreign body removal via video-laryngoscope in the English literature. The use of this high-quality, magnified video-laryngoscope in children in an emergency scenario is often not adequately applied. This procedure provides continuous real-time visualization to both the operating surgeon as well as the anesthetist in respect to the airway and thereby reduces the chance of any untoward complications. Here, we present two interesting case reports of C-MAC® video-laryngoscope assisted removal of laryngeal foreign body via apneic technique with spontaneous ventilation performed on two different children in our facility. Both these children had clinical symptoms of upper airway obstruction with fluctuating stridor simulating croup or asthma.

Keywords: C-MAC®; Foreign body; apneic; fish bone; impacted; video-laryngoscope.

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