Anesthesia for Thoracic Surgery: Part I—Double-Lumen Tube Intubation

  • Jonathan L. Benumof
Part of the Developments in Critical Care Medicine and Anaesthesiology book series (DCCA, volume 19)


Double-lumen tube intubation is the method of choice of separating the two lungs to facilitate the performance of thoracic surgery in the vast majority of cases. Proper insertion and positioning of the double-lumen tube is often the most important determinant as to whether these cases [in particular one-lung ventilation (1LV) cases] proceed smoothly. If the double-lumen tube is in the right position, the nondependent lung will collapse completely and easily, the surgeon will be able to work efficiently without damaging the nondependent lung, and the dependent lung will be unobstructed and easy to ventilate. This lecture discusses the proper insertion and positioning of double-lumen tubes.


Fiberoptic Bronchoscope Lumen Tube Mainstem Bronchus Tracheal Lumen Bronchial Lumen 
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    Benumof, J.L. Anesthesia for Thoracic Surgery. W.B. Saunders Co.,Philadelphia, 1987.Google Scholar
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© Kluwer Academic Publishers 1989

Authors and Affiliations

  • Jonathan L. Benumof
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  1. 1.Anesthesia Research Lab, T-001University of California San DiegoLa JollaUSA

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