Volume : 6
Issue : 1
Online ISSN : 2394-4994
Print ISSN : 2394-4781
Article First Page : 152
Article End Page : 156
Introduction: The present study was carried out to evaluate the efficacy of neck circumference to thyromental distance (NC/TM) ratio to predict difficult intubation in obese patients on background of routinely practiced Modified Mallampati Classification (MMC).
Materials and Methods: Total 60 obese patients (BMI ? 30 kg/m2) of either sex were studied in the present study. Difficult intubation was predicted by using both NC/TM ratio and modified Mallampati score. Intubation difficulties were noted using Intubation Difficulty Scale (IDS) while performing laryngoscopy and intubation.
Results: NC/TM ratio showed higher sensitivity (92.31%), higher negative predictive value (93.75%) and higher area under curve (AUC=0.73) on the ROC curve than MMC score and also found that NC/TM ratio was statistically significant independent risk factor of difficult intubation (p value <0>
Conclusion: NC/TM ratio can be considered as reliable and better bedside screening test for predicting intubation difficulties in obese patients.
Keywords: Neck circumference, Thyromental distance, Modified Mallampati classification, Obese, Intubation.