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CASE REPORT
Year : 2011  |  Volume : 1  |  Issue : 3  |  Page : 165-168

Submental intubation - A case report


1 Reader, Dept. of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, Sree Balaji Dental College and Hospital, Chennai, India
2 Senior Lecturer, Dept. of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, Sree Balaji Dental College and Hospital, Chennai, India
3 Professor, Dept. of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, Sree Balaji Dental College and Hospital, Chennai, India
4 Professor and Head, Dept. of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, Sree Balaji Dental College and Hospital, Chennai, India

Correspondence Address:
Dr. Abudakir
Dept. of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, Sree Balaji Dental College and Hospital, Pallikaranai, Chennai - 600 100
India
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Panfacial trauma is those fractures, which involve frontal bones, zygomaticomaxillary complex, naso orbito ethmoid region, nasal region, mandible with concomitant occlusal disturbances. These kind of fractures are often associated with CSF rhinorrhea and base of the skull fracture. Nasal and oral endo tracheal intubation presents a clinical challenge to the anesthesiologists and also interferes with surgical procedures. The options in these situations are either tracheostomy or submental intubation. As the tracheostomy needs transtracheal dissection and carries significant morbidity, submental intubation is simple, safe technique with low morbidity for operative airway management in maxillofacial trauma.


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