Comparison of tracheal and esophageal compliance curves in human cadaveric subjects

M. Russo, D. Schaner, I. Osborn

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We sought to derive compliance curves of the trachea and esophagus. 16 fresh human cadavers were intubated tracheally and esophageally and cuff pressures measured at equal air volumes. Tracheal compliance was statistically less than esophageal compliance for volumes of 1, 2, and 3 mL of air, (p = 0.002, p = 0.008, and p = 0.006, respectively) but not so for volumes beyond that. This physical property is therefore not robust enough for detecting esophageal intubation.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)60-61
Number of pages2
JournalSeminars in Cardiothoracic and Vascular Anesthesia
Issue number1
StatePublished - Mar 2010
Externally publishedYes


  • Airway management
  • Anesthesia safety
  • Intubation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine
  • Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine


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