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Related to nasotracheal intubation: Orotracheal intubation
tracheal intubation through the nose.
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The insertion of an endotracheal tube through the nose and into the trachea. Unlike orotracheal intubation, the tube is passed “blindly” without using a laryngoscope to visualize the glottic opening. Because this technique may be used without hyperextension of the neck, it is used in patients suspected of having cervical spinal trauma or known to have oral lesions. Endotracheal tubes inserted nasally need to be of smaller diameter than those inserted orally.See: endotracheal intubation
CAUTION!Endotracheal tubes frequently irritate the nasopharynx, and can cause both bleeding (on insertion), and sinusitis.
See also: intubation
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