Author(s): Deepak Kumar1 , Saurabh Bhargava2 , Ravindra Singh Sisodiya3 , Deepak Tiwari4
BACKGROUND A few patients of apparently normal appearance unexpectedly present with great difficulties during intubation which may lead to potentially serious consequences. Thus, we worked on this area with the aim to determine the ability to predict difficult visualisation of larynx using the following preoperative airway predictors: MMC (Modified Mallampati Classification), RHSMD (Ratio of Height to Sternomental Distance), RHTMD (Ratio of Height to Thyromental) and HMDR (Hyomental Distance Ratio) and comparison of these with WRSS (Wilson Risk Sum Score), in isolation and in combination. METHODS A double-blind, prospective study was carried out on 300, ASA grade I or II patients posted for elective surgery in supine position under general anaesthesia. Different parameters were recorded in pre-op period and Cormack-Lehane grading and difficulty of intubation was recorded at the time of intubation. Chi Square test and receiver operating curve were used to assess the association of all the airway tests and various combinations with CL grading. Cohen’s kappa was calculated to determine the strength of agreement between laryngoscopy grade and various tests in isolation and combinations. RESULTS In our study, highest strength of agreement was found with WRSS of 0.925 (0.873 - 0.976) and only a fair agreement was seen with HMDR (κ = 0.319). RHSMD and combination of RHSMD + MMC showed good strength with kappa of 0.638 and 0.634 respectively. CONCLUSIONS No single test or group of tests was able to predict all cases of difficult laryngoscopy at the preoperative airway assessment. Wilson Risk Sum Score was found to be the best predictor of difficult laryngoscopy when compared to MMC, RHTMD, RHSMD and HMDR in isolation and any possible combination.