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Experience:  MBBS, MD, MCCM. Currently working in Critical Care Medicine with 10 year experience in Medicine
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In a patient with an enlarged goiter, can a breathing tube

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In a patient with an enlarged goiter, can a breathing tube be placed? If so, what are any risks associated with either the insertion or removal process? **Please only a certified anesthiologist physician answer this question!** Thank you.
Submitted: 10 months ago.
Category: OB GYN
Expert:  Dr. Mo replied 10 months ago.

Hi Dr. Ashori here.

Yes, a breathing tube can still be placed without any issues.

Expert:  Dr. Mo replied 10 months ago.

There would be no increased risk, usually this is done under fiberscopic devices so that there are no misses.

Expert:  Dr. Mo replied 10 months ago.

We place these quite commonly in the emergency room as well as before anesthesia, especially for patients with thick necks or from severe sleep apnea having issues with enlarged tonsils. Even large goiters don't give us any trouble placing these.

Customer: replied 10 months ago.
I appreciate your answer but would like an anesthiologist's perspective. Thanks.
Expert:  Dr. Mo replied 10 months ago.

You are welcome.

Expert:  Dr. Muneeb Ali replied 10 months ago.


I am an intensivist/critical care physician, we deal with intubations and tracheostomies on a daily basis as almost all of our patients are on mechanical ventilators. It is our job pass tubes in emergency situations as well as passing tubes in difficult cases. Would you like my opinion?