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Correspondence  |   February 2006
Fiberoptic Intubation
Author Affiliations & Notes
  • Neil Roy Connelly, M.D.
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  • *Baystate Medical Center, Springfield, Massachusetts.
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Correspondence
Correspondence   |   February 2006
Fiberoptic Intubation
Anesthesiology 2 2006, Vol.104, 377. doi:
Anesthesiology 2 2006, Vol.104, 377. doi:
To the Editor:—
We read with interest the recent report by Johnson et al.  1 about problems encountered during fiberoptic intubations. This study validated our findings from 1989, where we showed that difficulty passing an endotracheal tube over a bronchoscope is most commonly due to contact with the right arytenoid.2 Similar to Johnson et al.  , we demonstrated that 90° rotation of the tube should be the first maneuver to advance the tube over the arytenoid.2,3 We have formally taught this technique to our residents during the past 10 yr.4 Of further interest, we have reported that contact with the right aryepiglottic fold is also the most common cause for difficulty in advancing an endotracheal tube using a Bullard laryngoscope.5 
*Baystate Medical Center, Springfield, Massachusetts.
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Connelly NR, Kyle R, Gotta J, Calimaran A, Robbins LD, Kanter G, Dunn SM: Comparison of wire reinforced tubes with warmed standard tubes to facilitate fiberoptic intubation. J Clin Anesth 2001; 13:3–5Connelly, NR Kyle, R Gotta, J Calimaran, A Robbins, LD Kanter, G Dunn, SM
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Shulman GB, Nordin NG, Connelly NR: Teaching with a video system improves the training period but not subsequent success of tracheal intubation with the Bullard laryngoscope. Anesthesiology 2003; 98:615–20Shulman, GB Nordin, NG Connelly, NR