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Mallampati Score

Aka: Mallampati Score, Mallampati Classification
  1. See Also
    1. Tonsillar Hypertrophy Grading Scale
  2. Indication
    1. Anesthesiology evaluation to assess ease of intubation
    2. Sleep Apnea evaluation (experimental)
  3. 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
  4. Interpretation
    1. Higher Mallampati Score (Type 4) is higher risk
      1. More difficult intubation
      2. Associated with Sleep Apnea
  5. Resources
    1. Global Anesthesiology Server Network (GASNet)
      1. http://gasnet.med.yale.edu/airway/rec07.htm
  6. References
    1. Mallampati (1985) Can Anaesth Soc J 32(4):429-34 [PubMed]

Mallampati score (C0451276)

Concepts Intellectual Product (T170)
SnomedCT 273585005
English Mallampati score, Mallampati scale, Mallampati score (assessment scale)
Spanish puntaje de Mallampati (escala de evaluación), puntaje de Mallampati
Sources
Derived from the NIH UMLS (Unified Medical Language System)


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