Extubation of the Difficult Airway



Even though tracheal extubation is more likely to be associated with airway complications [1], most literature surrounding management of the difficult airway is focused on intubation. The American Society of Anesthesiologists practice guidelines for management of the difficult airway recommend that the anesthesiologist should have a pre-formulated strategy for extubating such patients [2]. The ASA Closed Claims Analysis supports the need for such a strategy [3].


Obstructive Sleep Apnea Airway Obstruction Vocal Cord Recurrent Laryngeal Nerve Difficult Airway 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Anesthesia and Pain ManagementToronto General HospitalTorontoCanada
  2. 2.Departments of Anesthesia and Anesthesia and Pain ManagementUniversity of Toronto, Toronto General HospitalTorontoCanada

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