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Year : 2015  |  Volume : 9  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 227

Fiberoptic endotracheal intubation through a supraglottic conduit using an exchange catheter

Department of Anesthesia, King Hussein Medical Center, Amman, Jordan

Correspondence Address:
Ghazi Aldehayat
King Hussein Medical Center, P.O. Box 201, Tela Al Ali, Amman 11953
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/1658-354X.152899

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Aldehayat G. Fiberoptic endotracheal intubation through a supraglottic conduit using an exchange catheter. Saudi J Anaesth 2015;9:227

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Aldehayat G. Fiberoptic endotracheal intubation through a supraglottic conduit using an exchange catheter. Saudi J Anaesth [serial online] 2015 [cited 2023 Feb 9];9:227. Available from:


I read with interest the original article in issue 1 volume 9 entitled (a comparison of fiberoptical guided tracheal intubation via laryngeal mask and laryngeal tube).

The authors have used laryngeal mask airway (LMA) or laryngeal tube as a conduit for intubating the trachea by 5 mm internal diameter tube without an exchange catheter.

I have the following comments on their respected work:

I use and supervise my trainee using a fiberoptic scope and Aintree catheter as an exchange catheter through a supraglottic airway (usually classical LMA) for difficult intubation management, and I find this method is more useful and practical than the method described by the authors in this paper for the following reasons:

The endotracheal intubation using fibreoptic scope, Aintree catheter and LMA technique is safe and efficient for patients who are difficult to intubate after induction of anesthesia. [1] Furthermore, using Aintree catheter (or equivalent exchange catheter) as a conduit is a quick procedure with no extra experience is needed. [2] In addition, using endotracheal tube without exchange catheter is usually difficult and prone to dislodgment because of the length of endotracheal tube, which is usually not long enough to pass through the LMA smoothly and needs more manipulation with extra device like a pusher. [3] Moreover, the authors have used an endotracheal tube with an internal diameter of 5 mm to facilitate the insertion, however, an endotracheal tube with this diameter is not suitable for adult patient and may cause several adverse effects.

Therefore, I believe that, intubation using a fiberoptic scope and supraglottic device with the aid of exchange catheter is a reliable, safe, and easy to teach method which should not be replaced by a similar method which is not associated with the use of an exchange catheter without strong evidence.

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Berkow LC, Schwartz JM, Kan K, Corridore M, Heitmiller ES. Use of the Laryngeal Mask Airway-Aintree Intubating Catheter-fiberoptic bronchoscope technique for difficult intubation. J Clin Anesth 2011;23:534-9.  Back to cited text no. 1
Atherton DP, O'Sullivan E, Lowe D, Charters P. A ventilation-exchange bougie for fibreoptic intubations with the laryngeal mask airway. Anesthesia 1996;51:1123-6.  Back to cited text no. 2
Asai T, Latto IP, Vaughan RS. The distance between the grille of the laryngeal mask airway and the vocal cords. Is conventional intubation through the laryngeal mask safe? Anesthesia 1993;48:667-9.  Back to cited text no. 3


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