Management of difficult airway in a pregnant patient with severely reduced mouth opening


  • Faisal Shamim
  • Aly Bahadur Department of Anaesthetics, Letterkenny University Hospital, Ireland
  • Dinaz Gandhi Department of Surgery, Aga Khan University, Karachi, Pakistan
  • Anum Aijaz Department of Surgery, Aga Khan University, Karachi, Pakistan



Pregnancy is associated with a wide variety of oral and dental changes ranging from gingivitis to odontogenic infections. If left untreated, severe dental abscess can progress to Ludwig’s angina, which is a potentially lethal cellulitis that rapidly extends to the neck region and may lead to life-threatening upper airway obstruction. We report the case of a pregnant woman who presented with intense throbbing pain, trismus and severely reduced mouth opening due to dental abscess for the last one week. She required incision and drainage of abscess with extraction of third molar under general anaesthesia. There are some significant challenges to anaesthesiologist like the risk of aspiration and failed intubation in patients with pregnancy and anticipated difficult airway. With counselling and proper preparation, we were able to manage this case with awake intubation.  Continuous...





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