laryngeal mask airway

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la·ryn·ge·al mask

(lă-rin'jē-ăl mask)
Oral airway with an inflatable cuff at its lower end that forms a seal above the laryngeal inlet rather than within the larynx. Used in prehospital care as an airway adjunct instead of an endotracheal tube.
Synonym(s): laryngeal mask airway.
Medical Dictionary for the Health Professions and Nursing © Farlex 2012

laryngeal mask airway

Abbreviation: LMA
An airway that can be blindly inserted into the hypopharynx to use when advanced airway control is needed during procedures that require brief anesthesia. It consists of an airway tube with a proximal cuff, which holds the middle of the tube in place at the base of the tongue, and a distal cuff to fix the end of the tube in the trachea.


It should not be used in patients at high risk of aspiration.
Synonym: laryngeal tracheal airway
See also: airway
Medical Dictionary, © 2009 Farlex and Partners
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ProSeal laryngeal mask airway in 120 pediatric surgical patients: A prospective evaluation of characteristics and performance.
We describe an unusual case of vocal fold immobility that resolved following laryngeal mask airway (LMA) ventilation under general anesthesia associated with an unrelated surgery.
Propofol for laryngeal mask airway insertion in children: Effect of two different doses.
Alternative airway devices can include extraglottic devices [laryngeal mask airway (LMA), intubating laryngeal mask airway (ILMA), Combitube, etc.], fiber optic systems, video laryngoscopes, and sur gical airway equipment (10-14).
This has been challenged by the introduction of the reinforced laryngeal mask airway. It does not kink is less traumatic during insertion and is better tolerated during emergence the objectives of this study were to compare the ease of use safety in airway maintenance and postoperative outcome using either reinforced laryngeal mask airway or endotracheal tube intubation in adult tonsillectomy.