Case Report

Unanticipated Difficult Airway in a Neonate: Are we Prepared for this CHAOS?


  • Priyanka Pradeep Karnik
  • Nandini Malay Dave
  • Madhu Garasia

Received Date: 12.01.2017 Accepted Date: 17.04.2017 Turk J Anaesthesiol Reanim 2017;45(5):318-319

Unanticipated difficult airway in a neonate is a challenging situation with many difficulties because of inherent anatomical variations. To complicate the situation there is a lack of appropriate equipment, expertise and established guidelines on the management of difficult airway in neonates and infants. There are few published reports regarding the use of available devices for emergency front-of-neck access. We report the case of airway management of a neonate with an unanticipated finding of subglottic stenosis. Subglottic stenosis is one of the aetiologies of congenital high airway obstruction syndrome, which may be diagnosed antenatally based on ultrasonography findings.

Keywords: Congenital high airway obstruction syndrome, difficult airway, front-of-neck access, subglottic stenosis