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What are the possible complications?

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The scope can damage your teeth or cut the inside of your mouth. The tube may hurt your throat and voice box, so you could have a sore throat or find it hard to talk and breathe for a time. The procedure may hurt your lungs or cause one of them to collapse. You might also get an infection or pneumonia.

SOURCES:

American Thoracic Society: “Endotracheal Intubation by Direct Laryngoscopy.”

Medscape: “Rapid Sequence Intubation.”

Merck Manual: "Respiratory Failure," “Drugs To Aid Intubation,” “Tracheal Intubation.”

Patel, S., Majmundar, S. , Statpearls, 2019. Physiology, Carbon Dioxide Retention

UpToDate: “Rapid sequence intubation for adults outside the operating room,” “The decision to intubate,” “Direct laryngoscopy and endotracheal intubation in adults.”

Winchester Hospital Health Library: “Intubation and Mechanical Ventilation.”

Henry Frysh, MD, Atlanta. 

Reviewed by Paul Boyce on July 21, 2019

SOURCES:

American Thoracic Society: “Endotracheal Intubation by Direct Laryngoscopy.”

Medscape: “Rapid Sequence Intubation.”

Merck Manual: "Respiratory Failure," “Drugs To Aid Intubation,” “Tracheal Intubation.”

Patel, S., Majmundar, S. , Statpearls, 2019. Physiology, Carbon Dioxide Retention

UpToDate: “Rapid sequence intubation for adults outside the operating room,” “The decision to intubate,” “Direct laryngoscopy and endotracheal intubation in adults.”

Winchester Hospital Health Library: “Intubation and Mechanical Ventilation.”

Henry Frysh, MD, Atlanta. 

Reviewed by Paul Boyce on July 21, 2019

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