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Difficult endotracheal tube cuff deflation: An unusual observation

Authors:

Sudeshna Bhar ,

Assistant Professor, Department of Anaesthesiology, Institute of Post Graduate Medical Education and Research, Kolkata, IN
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Sampa Dutta Gupta,

Associate Professor, Department of Anaesthesiology, Institute of Post Graduate Medical Education and Research, Kolkata, IN
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Tapas Ghose,

Assistant Professor, Department of Anaesthesiology, Institute of Post Graduate Medical Education and Research, Kolkata, IN
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Kanak Kanti Kundu,

Associate Professor, Department of Anaesthesiology, Institute of Post Graduate Medical Education and Research, Kolkata, IN
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Manjushree Ray

Professor, Department of Anaesthesiology, Institute of Post Graduate Medical Education and Research, Kolkata, IN
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Abstract

We identified one cuffed endotracheal tube with malfunctioning inflation system. During pre-use testing of the cuff system of an endotracheal tube of internal diameter 5.5 mm, the cuff could be inflated normally. But it was not possible to deflate the cuff in spite of normal deflation of the pilot balloon. Such a condition could lead to the scenario of difficult extubation which could have been detrimental to the patient. Thus we put emphasis on the proper pre-use check of endotracheal tube before intubation.

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.4038/slja.v20i2.4249

Sri Lankan Journal of Anaesthesiology.2012:20(2):96-97

How to Cite: Bhar, S. et al., (2012). Difficult endotracheal tube cuff deflation: An unusual observation. Sri Lankan Journal of Anaesthesiology. 20(2), pp.96–97. DOI: http://doi.org/10.4038/slja.v20i2.4249
Published on 10 Jul 2012.
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