Use of the laryngeal mask airway in preventing airway fires during adenoidectomies in children: A study of 25 patients

September 30, 2007
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Charles J. Militana, MD;
Michael K. Ditkoff, MD, FACS;
Kenneth F. Mattucci, MD, FACS


We report the results of our study of 25 children who underwent adenoidectomy under general anesthesia with a laryngeal mask airway to determine their risk of fire in the oropharynx. We explain the distinct advantage that such an anesthetic technique has with respect to minimizing the conditions that may contribute to an airway fire. We also discuss additional advantages of using a laryngeal mask airway during adenoidectomies.

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