Journal article

Multidetector computed tomography (MDCT) for preoperative airway assessment in children with mucopolysaccharidoses

PM Ingelmo, R Parini, M Grimaldi, F Mauri, M Romagnoli, G Tagliabue, M Somaini, E Sahillioglu, G Frawley

Minerva Anestesiologica | EDIZIONI MINERVA MEDICA | Published : 2011

Abstract

BACKGROUND: Accumulation of glycosaminoglycans is known to cause significant problems in the anesthetic management of children with mucopolysaccharidoses (MPS). Clinical and standard radiological evaluation may convey insufficient information about the upper airway and trachea in children with MPS. Multidetector computed tomography (MDCT) images have been used to define the central airway and previous studies have recommended this tool to assess the airway of children who are considered at risk of difficult intubation. However, MDCT has not been recommended in MPS children. The aim of this clinical scenario study was to verify whether information from MDCT reconstruction of the airway is use..

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