Most airway management is done in the supine position, but some situations may require airway management in the lateral position. Most emergency physicians and anesthesiologists are not comfortable with intubation in the lateral position.
We present a patient with giant presacral neurofibroma and the use of video laryngoscope for airway management in the lateral position. To the best of our knowledge, we are the first to utilize a video laryngoscope for lateral intubation.
Why Should an Emergency Physician Be Aware of This?
An emergency physician is the first contact for many patients when immediate airway management is mandatory. Lateral position for airway management is not popular among anesthesiologists and emergency physicians, but the patient's condition and pathology may demand this approach. Airway management in the lateral position can be considered part of airway management training.
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Published online: August 01, 2019
Accepted: May 6, 2019
Received in revised form: April 27, 2019
Received: January 28, 2019
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