Submental Endotracheal Intubation for Maxillofacial Surgery: A Report of Two Cases


Affiliations

  • Babcock University Teaching Hospital, Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, Dental Unit, Ilishan–Remo, Ogun, Nigeria
  • Babcock University Teaching Hospital, Department of Anaesthesia, Ilishan–Remo, Ogun, Nigeria
  • Babcock University Teaching Hospital, Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, Dental Unit, Ilishan-Remo, Ogun, Nigeria

Abstract

The technique of submental endotracheal intubation has been established as a safe alternative to tracheostomy and can be utilized when oro-tracheal and naso-tracheal routes of intubation are not ideal for orofacial surgical intervention. The technique is simple and avoids the complications of tracheostomy. We present 2 cases of adults with orofacial injuries requiring surgery. Both cases were managed using the submental method of intubation and the procedure was well tolerated. There were no perioperative complications and patients were discharged on the fifth postoperative day.

Keywords

Maxilloficial, Submental, Trauma, Intubation

Subject Discipline

Maxillofacial surgery; anaesthesia, endotracheal intubation

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