Fluoroscopy-Assisted Intubation of a Child with an Unstable Subluxation of C1/C2

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SummaryPatients presenting with unstable cervical spine injuries are at risk for additional neurological injury as a consequence of airway manipulation. Techniques of awake intubation may not always be desirable or practical, particularly in the pediatric patient. We describe the use of fluoroscopy during the induction of anesthesia and intubation of a child with an unstable C1/C2 spinal subluxation. Fluoroscopy is readily available and noninvasive. This technique allows for rapid establishment and maintenance of optimal head and neck positioning during induction of general anesthesia and performance of laryngoscopy and tracheal intubation.

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