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Intubating Laryngeal Mask Airway in Lateral Position

Komatsu, Ryu MD; Nagata, Osamu MD; Sessler, Daniel I. MD; Ozaki, Makoto MD

doi: 10.1213/01.ANE.0000139730.16931.8D
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Outcomes Research Institute; University of Louisville; Louisville, KY; rkomatsu@pg8.so-net.ne.jp

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In Response:

Dimitriou et al. are correct in stating that the number and types of adjusting maneuvers was described in their abstract (1). We apologize for claiming otherwise. We also apologize for failing to cite their full paper (2), which was published at about the time we submitted our manuscript. Both studies indicate that blind intubation via an ILMA offers a frequent success rate and a clinically acceptable endotracheal intubation time even in the lateral position.

Ryu Komatsu, MD

Osamu Nagata, MD

Daniel I. Sessler, MD

Makoto Ozaki, MD

Outcomes Research Institute

University of Louisville

Louisville, KY

rkomatsu@pg8.so-net.ne.jp

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References

1. Dimitriou V, Voyagis GS. Light-guided tracheal intubation in the lateral position through the intubating laryngeal mask [abstract]. Eur J Anaesthesiol 2000;(Suppl 19):A90.
2. Dimitriou V, Voyagis GS, Iatrou C, Brimacombe J. Flexible lightwand-guided intubation using the intubating laryngeal mask airway in the supine, right, and left lateral positions in healthy patients by experienced users. Anesth Analg 2003;96:869–8.
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