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Correspondence  |   March 2002
The LTA®Cannula and Difficult Intubations
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  • University of Maryland at Baltimore, Baltimore, Maryland.
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Correspondence
Correspondence   |   March 2002
The LTA®Cannula and Difficult Intubations
Anesthesiology 3 2002, Vol.96, 778. doi:
Anesthesiology 3 2002, Vol.96, 778. doi:
To the Editor:—
I read with interest Dr. Feingold's technique for using the LTA® cannula (Abbott Laboratories, North Chicago, IL) to facilitate a difficult intubation. 1 What I do not understand is, after the cannula is through the vocal cords and in the trachea, why not use it as a stylet guide over which the endotracheal tube is advanced into the trachea? We originally described this technique in 1977. 2 Cahen independently described the same technique in 1991. 3 Others 4 have reported using our technique many times to “save the day.”
References
Feingold A: LTA cannula can facilitate a difficult tracheal intubation (letter). A nesthesiology 2001; 94: 1153Feingold, A
Rosenberg MB, Levesque PR, Bourke DL: Use of the LTA®kit as a guide to intubation. Anesth Analg 1977; 56: 287–8Rosenberg, MB Levesque, PR Bourke, DL
Cahen CR: An aid in cases of difficult tracheal intubation (letter). A nesthesiology 1991; 74: 197Cahen, CR
Sommer RM, Capan LM: An aid in cases of difficult tracheal intubation (letter). A nesthesiology 1991; 73: 964Sommer, RM Capan, LM