Turkish Journal of Anaesthesiology & Reanimation

Anaesthetic Management of 2 Micropreemies with Difficult Airway: Case Report and Review of Literature


Department of Anaesthesiology, Pain Medicine and Critical care, AIIMS, New Delhi, India


Department of Onco-Anaesthesiology and Palliative Medicine, DRBRAIRCH, AIIMS, Delhi, India


Department of Anesthesiology, VMMC and Safdarjung Hospital, New Delhi, India

Turk J Anaesthesiol Reanim 2022; 50: 225-227
DOI: 10.5152/TJAR.2021.21180
Read: 135 Downloads: 46 Published: 01 June 2022

The infants are explicitly vulnerable to develop anaesthesia-related complications, with micropreemies being at the end of the spectrum because of their unique morphological and physiological features. Airway changes in pediatric patients are most exaggerated in these tiny infants and their immature lungs provide a little reserve, and therefore, securing airways can be challenging in this population. Moreover, many devices available for managing difficult airways in adults are not available for use in this miniature version. Videolaryngoscopes are a useful addition to anaesthesiologists’ armamentarium but for micropreemies, size of videolaryngoscope can be a limiting factor as no vide- olaryngoscope comes in “00” size. The technique of videolaryngoscope may need to be modified in these patients. Regional anaesthesia can be an invaluable component of their perioperative care to facilitate a smooth recovery. The successful management of these vulnerable neonates requires a multidisciplinary team approach to maintain perioperative homeostasis of their immature organ systems.

Cite this article as: Gupta A, Gupta N, Singh P, Girdhar KK. Anaesthetic management of 2 micropreemies with difficult airway: Case report and review of literature. Turk J Anaesthesiol Reanim. 2022;50(3):225-227.

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