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Year : 2018 | Volume
| Issue : 2 | Page : 359-360
Algorithms for successful repositioning of misplaced left-sided double-lumen tube inserted during lung/thoracic surgery
Uma Hariharan1, Shagun B Shah2, Ajay Kumar Bhargava2
1 Department of Anesthesiology and Intensive Care, Dr. Ram Manohar Lohia Hospital and Post Graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research, Central Health Services, New Delhi, India
2 Rajiv Gandhi Cancer Institute and Research Center, New Delhi, India
Dr. Uma Hariharan
Fellowship Oncoanesthesia & Advanced Regional Anesthesia, Dr. Ram Manohar Lohia Hospital and Post Graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research, Central Health Services, BH 41, East Shalimar Bagh, New Delhi - 110 088
Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None
|Date of Web Publication||9-Mar-2018|
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Hariharan U, Shah SB, Bhargava AK. Algorithms for successful repositioning of misplaced left-sided double-lumen tube inserted during lung/thoracic surgery. Saudi J Anaesth 2018;12:359-60
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Hariharan U, Shah SB, Bhargava AK. Algorithms for successful repositioning of misplaced left-sided double-lumen tube inserted during lung/thoracic surgery. Saudi J Anaesth [serial online] 2018 [cited 2020 Feb 21];12:359-60. Available from: http://www.saudija.org/text.asp?2018/12/2/359/227008
Insertion of double-lumen tubes (DLTs) (Mallinckrodt) is challenging and is carried out in lung, chest wall, mediastinal, and spine surgeries. DLTs are generally inserted for lung isolation and one lung ventilation in thoracic surgery. It is particularly employed for lung cancer surgeries (pneumonectomies). The indications for insertion of left- and right-sided DLTs are distinct and defined. There have been several instances of misplacement  of DLT during various stages of thoracic anesthesia. An experienced thoracic anesthesiologist is recommended for successful repositioning of a misplaced DLT. Left-sided DLTs are more commonly placed due to their greater safety margin  as compared to right-sided DLTs. Left-sided DLT can sometimes wrongly enter the right bronchus during placement. Confirmation of its position and tube readjustment is a risky procedure, which must be done under the guidance of a fiber-optic bronchoscope. We hereby present a set of four algorithms for repositioning of a left-sided DLT accidentally misplaced into the right main bronchus. The supplemental use of a direct laryngoscope in addition to fiber-optic bronchoscope during tube readjustment is also highlighted. An experienced thoracic anesthesiologist supported by a second anesthesiologist is recommended for a successful outcome. Care should be taken to ensure adequate patient oxygenation and hemodynamic stability during the repositioning. There is risk of loss of airway, hypoxia, bronchospasm, rupture of DLT cuff, airway trauma, and even dislodgement of fragile cancerous tissue during repositioning. These algorithms may prove helpful in the training of anesthesia residents in thoracic anesthesia. Step-wise following of these four algorithms can ensure a safe and successful tube repositioning, with improved outcomes in all thoracic surgeries, including lung resections [Figure 1], [Figure 2], [Figure 3], [Figure 4].
|Figure 1: Pyramidal algorithm for preparations to manage left-sided doublelumen tube misplaced into right bronchus|
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|Figure 2: Flow chart algorithm citing options for readjustment or reinsertion of misplaced double-lumen tube using fiber-optic bronchoscope guidance and with or without direct laryngoscopy|
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|Figure 3: Flow chart algorithm highlighting double-lumen tube railroading technique over fiber-optic bronchoscope and use of direct or videolaryngoscopy for misplaced double-lumen tube repositioning|
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|Figure 4: Flowchart algorithm suggesting use of both direct laryngoscope and fiber-optic bronchoscope guidance in misplaced double-lumen tube readjustment and position confirmation|
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