The cuffed oropharyngeal airway as an aid to fibreoptic intubation

D. W. Pigott, N. H. Kay, R. S. Greenberg

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The cuffed oropharyngeal airway is a new disposable airway based on the Guedel oral airway. It has an asymmetrical cuff which provides a seal as well as lifting the base of the tongue forwards, and a 15-mm connector allowing attachment to an anaesthetic breathing system. The device does not extend beyond the vallecula, so that the laryngeal inlet can be visualised with a fibreoptic laryngoscope passed between the cuff of the device and the pharyngeal wall. The advantage is that ventilation is maintained throughout the intubating sequence. We describe its use in a patient with oropharyngeal carcinoma.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)480-483
Number of pages4
Issue number5
StatePublished - 1998


  • Equipment; airway, bronchoscope, fibreoptic
  • Intubation, tracheal; technique

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine


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