Ultrasound Use in the Pediatric Airway
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Advancements in ultrasonography and increasing familiarity with its use in the operating room (vascular access and regional neural blockade) suggest its feasibility as an adjunct in pediatric airway evaluation and intervention. We report 3 cases demonstrating the usefulness of ultrasound techniques in this setting. We show key elements of airway anatomy, noninvasive observation of vocal cord motion, and percutaneous periglottic steroid injection via the cricothyroid membrane in 3 different patients. This report reveals the possible usefulness of ultrasound imaging in clinical anesthesia care, specifically airway management, in children.