A 67-year-old male was scheduled for cadaveric renal transplant. Following rapid sequence anaesthesia, only the tip of the epiglottis was visualized. Mask ventilation was difficult, and therefore an alternative airway device was considered. A size 4 CobraPLA™ (Engineered Medical System, Indianapolis, IN) was inserted into the hypopharynx, and ventilation was easily accomplished. Then, a size 7 endotracheal tube was threaded over a fiberoptic bronchoscope, through the CobraPLA, into the trachea. The description and insertion technique of the CobraPLA, a new supraglottic airway device is shortly discussed. This is the first report of successful management of difficult mask ventilation with the new CobraPLA, supraglottic airway device.
- Difficult ventilation
- Failed intubation
- Supraglottic airway devices
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine