Case 70: Selecting the Right Size Double Lumen Tube

  • John G. Brock-Utne


Today you are scheduled to anesthetize a 36-year-old lady (70 kg, 5 ft 4 in.) for right upper lobectomy for chronic atelectasis. Eighteen months before she had undergone successfully a heart and bilateral lung transplant. She has no other comorbidities.


Double lumen endotracheal tube Lung transplant Tracheal diameter 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Stanford University Medical CenterStanfordUSA

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