Acquisition of a secure airway is an essential element of the operative management of maxillofacial trauma. Of the options available, submental intubation is an alternative to tracheostomy. The access should be accomplished via a midline approach rather than lateral through the mylohyoid, an armored endotracheal tube utilized to prevent kinking, and the passage facilitated by use of wound dilators obtained from a percutaneous tracheostomy set.
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From the Department of Plastic Surgery, University of Tennessee Health Science Center, Memphis, Tenn.
Published online 6 September 2018.
Received for publication March 27, 2018; accepted June 15, 2018.
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Edward A. Luce, MD, Department of Plastic Surgery, University of Tennessee Health Science Center, Memphis, TN 38119, Email: email@example.com