Air leakage due to the cuff hanging on the vocal cords during nasotracheal intubation: a case report

  • Seung-Hwa Ryoo (Department of Dental Anesthesiology, Seoul National University, School of Dentistry) ;
  • Myong-Hwan Karm (Department of Dental Anesthesiology, Seoul National University, School of Dentistry) ;
  • Se-Ung Park (Department of Dental Anesthesiology, Seoul National University Dental Hospital) ;
  • Hyun Jeong Kim (Department of Dental Anesthesiology, Seoul National University, School of Dentistry) ;
  • Kwang-Suk Seo (Department of Dental Anesthesiology, Seoul National University, School of Dentistry)
  • Received : 2022.12.24
  • Accepted : 2023.01.24
  • Published : 2023.02.01


Nasotracheal intubation is commonly performed under general anesthesia in oral and maxillofacial surgery. For the convenience of surgery, nasal Ring-Adair-Elwyn (RAE) tubes are mainly used. Because the nasal RAE tubes were bent in an "L" shape, the insertion depth was limited. Particularly, it is necessary to accurately determine the appropriate depth of the RAE tubes in children. Several types of nasal RAE tubes are used in the medical market, which vary in material and length. We performed endotracheal intubation using a nasal RAE tube for double-jaw surgery, but air leakage persisted even when the air pressure in the cuff was increased. When checked with a laryngoscope, it was confirmed that the tube was pushed out, and the cuff was caught on the vocal cords, causing air leakage. Since inserting the tube deeply did not solve the problem, replacing it with a nasal RAE tube (PolarTM, Preformed Tracheal Tube, Smith Medical, Inc., USA) did not cause air leakage; thus, we reported this case.



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