Submental / transmylohyoid intubation in maxillofacial surgery: report of two cases.
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The submental / transmylohyoid intubation technique, as an alternative technique of airway management in oral and maxillofacial surgery, and its modifications, have been widely reported in the literature since it was first described by Altemir in 1986. However, the technique is not yet popular in Nigeria and Africa in general. A report of two cases in which this technique was used in orofacial reconstruction is presented here. The surgical / anesthetic outcome was satisfactory. No complication was seen in the two cases, and healing of the submental wound was uneventful. Submental intubation is a reliable technique of alternative airway management in oral and maxillofacial surgery. The submental / transmylohyoid technique should be considered by both the anesthetist and the maxillofacial surgeon in challenging cases, where an alternative airway technique is required for maxillofacial surgery.
Submental intubation , Transmylohyoid intubation , Maxillofacial surgery
Adeyemo WL, Ogunlewe MO, Desalu I, Akanmu ON, Ladeinde AL. Submental / transmylohyoid intubation in maxillofacial surgery: report of two cases. Niger J Clin Pract. 2011 Jan-Mar;14(1):98-101.