II. Indication

  1. Anesthesiology evaluation to assess ease of intubation
  2. Sleep Apnea evaluation (experimental)

III. Exam

  1. Assess tonsil and tonsillar fossa visibility
  2. View pharynx with mouth open at rest
    1. No phonation
    2. No protrusion of Tongue
  3. Scoring
    1. Class 1: Entire tonsil clearly visible
    2. Class 2: Upper half of tonsil fossa visible
    3. Class 3: Soft and Hard Palate clearly visible
    4. Class 4: Only Hard Palate visible
  4. Images
    1. entMallampatiAll.jpg

IV. Interpretation

  1. Higher Mallampati Score (Type 4) is higher risk
    1. More difficult intubation
    2. Associated with Sleep Apnea

V. Resources

  1. Global Anesthesiology Server Network (GASNet)
    1. http://gasnet.med.yale.edu/airway/rec07.htm

Images: Related links to external sites (from Google)

Ontology: Mallampati score (C0451276)

Concepts Intellectual Product (T170)
SnomedCT 273585005
English Mallampati score, Mallampati scale, Mallampati score (assessment scale)
Spanish puntaje de Mallampati (escala de evaluaciĆ³n), puntaje de Mallampati