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Airway management by transmylohyoid endotracheal intubation in two cats with mandibular trauma

Published:February 07, 2019DOI:https://doi.org/10.1016/j.vaa.2019.01.007
      Airway management can be challenging in animals with maxillofacial trauma. Conventional orotracheal intubation obstructs the assessment of occlusion during surgical repair. Therefore, an alternative technique is indicated to secure the airway while optimizing surgical access. Tracheal intubation through a pharyngotomy is described in textbooks, but scientific reports in cats are scarce (
      • Hartsfield S.M.
      • Gendreau C.L.
      • Smith C.W.
      • et al.
      Endotracheal intubation by pharyngotomy.
      ). Transmylohyoid endotracheal intubation has been reported as an alternative in humans and dogs (
      • Gadre K.S.
      • Kushte D.
      Transmylohyoid oroendotracheal intubation: a novel method.
      ,
      • Soukup J.W.
      • Snyder C.J.
      Transmylohyoid orotracheal intubation in surgical management of canine maxillofacial fractures: an alternative to pharyngotomy endotracheal intubation.
      ). This is a report describing transmylohyoid endotracheal intubation in two cats.
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