Failure to secure the airway after administration of induction agent in a postmandibulectomy patient can lead to life-threatening complications; hence, recognising a difficult airway is of immense importance. Preoperative airway evaluation includes, but is not limited to, inter-incisor gap, modified Mallampati grading, neck movement, neck circumference, thyromental distance, sterno-mental distance, upper lip bite test and dental status. This case signifies the challenge encountered in securing the airway and the importance of thorough preoperative airway evaluation and preparedness before induction of anaesthesia in a postmandibulectomy patient for carcinoma of the buccal mucosa.
- Oral and maxillofacial surgery
- Head and neck surgery
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Contributors JI planned the article, AKB drafted the article and submitted to the journal, PB conducted the case and followed it in postoperative period, SLS made final corrections to the article.
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