What is the role of cricoid pressure in the insertion of a laryngeal mask airway (LMA)?

Updated: Dec 28, 2018
  • Author: Nichole Bosson, MD; Chief Editor: Guy W Soo Hoo, MD, MPH  more...
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Cricoid pressure is intended to reduce the risk of aspiration, although its effectiveness is debated. [19, 20]

Decreased rates of successful insertion have been seen with application of cricoid pressure. [4, 5, 6] Therefore, if cricoid pressure is applied, it may need to be released in order to properly position the LMA or intubate through the intubating laryngeal mask airway (ILMA).

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