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Endotracheal intubation with video laryngoscope at semilateral decubitus position: a case report of a pediatric patient with a back stab wound

  • Maru Kim1
  • Kyong-Shil Im2
  • Dae-Hyun Cho1
  • Dae-Sang Lee1
  • Hangjoo Cho1

1Department of Trauma Surgery, Uijeongbu St. Mary’s Hospital, College of Medicine, The Catholic University of Korea, Seoul, Republic of Korea

2Department of Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine, Uijeongbu St. Mary’s Hospital, College of Medicine, The Catholic University of Korea, Seoul, Republic of Korea

DOI: 10.22514/sv.2020.16.0086 Vol.17,Issue 1,January 2021 pp.213-215

Published: 08 January 2021

*Corresponding Author(s): Hangjoo Cho E-mail:


Background: Endotracheal intubation is routinely performed in a supine position. However, this position might be difficult for some emergent patients. Although several alternative positions have been suggested for adult patients, such studies on pediatric patients are rare. Case presentation: We present a case of a female pediatric patient with a pencil stab wound to the back requiring an emergent operation under general endotracheal anesthesia. Placing her in supine position would have been inappropriate because of the protruding pencil. The patient was moved to a semilateral decubitus position for intubation. The endotracheal tube was inserted with a video laryngoscope. Her vital signs and oxygen saturation were stable during operation. The patient was discharged without complications. Conclusion: Semilateral intubation in pediatric patients using a video laryngoscope may be feasible under some specific conditions that make it inappropriate to place patients in a supine position.


Airway management; Intubation; Pediatric; Position

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Maru Kim,Kyong-Shil Im,Dae-Hyun Cho,Dae-Sang Lee,Hangjoo Cho. Endotracheal intubation with video laryngoscope at semilateral decubitus position: a case report of a pediatric patient with a back stab wound. Signa Vitae. 2021. 17(1);213-215.


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