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“The Current Use of Steroids in Airway Surgery”

Murad Husein, Dzioba Agnieszka, You Peng



To determine the current practice patterns for the use of steroids in otolaryngology airway cases among Canadian otolaryngologists and anesthesiologists.


A national bilingual, cross-sectional survey was sent to the Canadian Society of Otolaryngology and the Canadian Anesthesiologists’ Society.


There is a high incidence of steroid administration across Canadian otolaryngologists in airway surgeries (57.4%). Steroid administration is more likely in pediatric cases (64%) when compared to adults (51%). The independent administration of perioperative steroids by the anesthesiologist for both pediatric and adult airway surgery is 79.6% and 75.5% respectively. Although the most common steroid used is dexamethasone, there is variability in the dosing and timing of steroids administration.


The results of this study demonstrate that there is a high incidence of perioperative steroid use in airway surgery cases among otolaryngologists and anesthesiologists. However, the specifics of steroid administration for airway cases is highly variable.

Learning Objectives

To review the current national practice of steroid administration for airway surgeries among both otolaryngologists as well as anesthesiologists

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Scheduling Details

This 7 minute presentation is scheduled to take place on June 4, 2019 at 10:35 in the Hall C.

Authors' Contact Details

Corresponding Author: Dr. Camilla Stepniak

Senior Author: Dr. Murad Husein

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