Dexmedetomidine infusion for sedation during fiberoptic intubation: a report of three cases.

Journal Article (Journal Article)

We report three patients undergoing cervical spine surgery who required awake fiberoptic intubation, and in whom sedation was provided using a dexmedetomidine infusion. Dexmedetomidine was used to provide a moderate level of sedation without causing respiratory distress or hemodynamic instability during fiberoptic intubation. Conditions for intubation were acceptable in all three patients after co-administration of topical anesthesia. Dexmedetomidine may serve as a useful adjunct for this procedure. The anesthetic management and anesthetic implications of using dexmedetomidine infusions for awake fiberoptic intubation are discussed.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Grant, SA; Breslin, DS; MacLeod, DB; Gleason, D; Martin, G

Published Date

  • March 2004

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 16 / 2

Start / End Page

  • 124 - 126

PubMed ID

  • 15110375

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0952-8180

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1016/j.jclinane.2003.05.010


  • eng

Conference Location

  • United States