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Can intubation confirmed by capnography be misleading? Complication with rabbit intubation
  1. Ivana Calice and
  2. Attilio Rocchi
  1. Department of Anaesthesiology and Perioperative Intensive-Care Medicine, Vetmeduni Vienna, Vienna, Austria
  1. Correspondence to Dr Ivana Calice; ivana.calice{at}


Rapid and accurate tracheal intubation in rabbits is challenging. It requires skill and is a technically demanding procedure. Visualisation of a normal capnography trace is widely considered the most objective indication of a correct orotracheal intubation, especially with blind intubation and small tidal volumes. This case report describes how a large defect in the oesophageally dislocated endotracheal tube led to misleading positive capnography signal.

  • anaesthesia
  • rabbits
  • endoscopy
  • respiratory physiology
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  • Contributors IC has preformed anaesthesia and drafted the manuscript. AR supervised anaesthesia, critically revised the manuscript and gave important intellectual input.

  • Funding The authors have not declared a specific grant for this research from any funding agency in the public, commercial or not-for-profit sectors.

  • Competing interests None declared.

  • Provenance and peer review Not commissioned; externally peer reviewed.

  • Data availability statement Data are available upon request.

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