Case report: Airway burn

  • Claudia E. González M. Anesthesiology, Universidad del Valle, Cali, Colombia
  • Vasco Ordonez Fernández Universidad del Valle, Cali, Colombia
Keywords: Airway management, Carcinoma, Basal cell, Airway obstruction, Intubation, Anesthesia


Although the incidence of airway burns that occur when the endotracheal tube is ignited by the electrocautery is low, it is right to assume that the resulting injuries may be severe and even fatal. A case is presented of fire caused by the rupture of an endotracheal tube secondary to contact with the electrocautery during the resection of a facial tumor. In this case, the primary sources of fire were oxygen at a non-minimal FiÜ2 used for ventilation, and the high-powered electrocautery used for resection and bleeding control. This report will cover the methods forpreventing airway fires and the emergency treatment should they happen. Despite the low incidence, both anesthesiologists as well as surgeons must have in mind an emergency treatment of airway fires and must have knowledge of preventive methods.


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