oa Southern African Journal of Anaesthesia and Analgesia - The difficult paediatric airway : review article

Volume 18, Issue 5
  • ISSN : 2220-1181
  • E-ISSN: 2220-1173



There are few areas of anaesthesia management more frightening and more difficult than the child with acute respiratory distress. In addition to the anatomical differences among infants, children and adults, the problem is compounded by the inability to reason with the child to obtain his or her cooperation. The object of this presentation is to define the important anatomical differences that make the paediatric patient unique. An understanding of normal airway anatomy and physiology facilitates better management of difficult airways.

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