Lung Isolation in Patients with Difficult Airways

  • Javier Campos


Recognition of a difficult airway prior to the use of lung isolation devices is essential. Radiological studies must be reviewed, including a posterior–anterior chest radiograph and computer tomography scan of the chest. Securing the airway first is a must in patients with difficult airways requiring lung isolation. The use of an independent bronchial blocker is the first-line choice in patients who require nasotracheal intubation. The use of the airway exchange catheter is recommended during placement of double-lumen endotracheal tubes in patients with difficult airways.


Laryngeal Mask Airway Difficult Airway Thoracic Aortic Aneurysm Fiberoptic Bronchoscopy Nasotracheal Intubation 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Javier Campos
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of AnesthesiaUniversity of Iowa Health Care, Roy and Lucille Carver College of MedicineIowa CityUSA

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