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Acute presentation of a partially obstructing laryngeal tumour: adjuvant agents to gaseous induction of anaesthesia

Summary

We present the case of a 53-year-old man who attended our emergency department with stridor. He had recently undergone investigation for possible glottic cancer. We discuss the airway management of such a case. We believe this to be the first description of propofol target controlled infusion and clonidine to supplement a sevoflurane gas induction, in order to obtund response to intubation while maintaining spontaneous ventilation. We also consider how airway interventions may impact prognosis and need to be considered.

  • anaesthesia
  • cancer intervention
  • ear, nose and throat/otolaryngology

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