oa Southern African Journal of Anaesthesia and Analgesia - Letter to the editor

Volume 15, Issue 2
  • ISSN : 2220-1181
  • E-ISSN: 2220-1173



The requirement for anaesthesia services in the MRI suite are increasing, and require that the anaesthetic equipment is adequate to ensure patient safety, is MRI compatible, and has a negligible effect on image quality. The pilot balloon valve of a conventional endotracheal tube (ETT), and the pilot balloon springs of oral RAE tubes and some laryngeal mask airways have been implicated in MRI degradation. A twenty-five-year old male patient was operated on for haemoperitoneum. Intra-operatively, the surgeons were unable to locate and control the bleeding. They therefore closed the abdomen after packing the abdominal cavity.

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