Current Concepts in the Management of the Difficult Pediatric Airway

Michelle Tsao, Andrew Wuenstel, Brian Zider, John Hajduk, Narasimhan Jagannathan*

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Purpose of Review: The goal of this paper is to review key concepts in the management of the pediatric difficult airway. Early recognition of risk factors and thorough preparation may be helpful in reducing the risk of complications during airway management. Recent Findings: Management of difficult pediatric airway management may be associated with a high rate of complications. It is important that clinicians understand the patient profiles associated with difficult airway management and the equipment and techniques available to effectively manage these children. Airway ultrasonography and apneic oxygenation are novel techniques that have been increasingly utilized for their potential to improve safety during difficult airway management and will be briefly discussed in this review. Summary: This review will highlight key current concepts in the management of the difficult pediatric airway.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)123-134
Number of pages12
JournalCurrent Anesthesiology Reports
Issue number2
StatePublished - Jun 15 2019


  • Airway ultrasound
  • Apneic oxygenation
  • Pediatric difficult airway management

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine


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