Use of the laryngeal mask airway after oesophageal intubation

N. A. Pace, N. M. Gajraj, J. H. Pennant, R. A. Victory, E. R. Johnson, P. F. White

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We have compared insertion of a tracheal tube and laryngeal mask airway (LMA) both with and without the presence of a tube in the oesophagus in 20 ASA I and II patients undergoing elective laparoscopy. After induction of anaesthesia and neuromuscular block, we measured the times for an experienced anaesthetist to correctly position both an LMA and a tracheal tube with and without a tube in the oesophagus. The time to intubation was significantly less with the LMA than with the tracheal tube, both with and without an oesophageal tube in place (P<0.05). We conclude that if a tracheal tube is placed unintentionally in the oesophagus, an LMA may be used subsequently to provide rapid and effective oxygenation of the patient.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)688-689
Number of pages2
JournalBritish Journal of Anaesthesia
Issue number5
StatePublished - Nov 1994


  • Equipment, masks anaesthesia
  • Intubation tracheal
  • Intubation tracheal, complications

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine

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    Pace, N. A., Gajraj, N. M., Pennant, J. H., Victory, R. A., Johnson, E. R., & White, P. F. (1994). Use of the laryngeal mask airway after oesophageal intubation. British Journal of Anaesthesia, 73(5), 688-689.