Modified MallamPati grading is used in assessment of -

Modified MallamPati grading is used in
assessment of -
a) Difficult intubation
b) Airway obstruction
c) Death due to aspiration
d) Intubation
Correct Answer - A
Answer: A - Difficulty in intubation
Modified Mallampati classification
Class 0: Ability to see any part of the epiglottis upon mouth opening
and tongue protrusion
Class I: Soft palate, fauces, uvula, pillars visible
Class II:Soft palate, fauces, uvula visible
Class III: Soft palate, base of uvula visible
Class IV: Soft palate not visible at all
Test: The assessment is performed with the patient sitting up
straight, mouth open and tongue maximally protruded, without
speaking or saying “ahh.”
Difficult laryngoscopy:Good accuracy (area under Summary
Receiver Operating Characteristic [SROC] curve 0.89 ± 0.05)
Difficult intubation: Good accuracy (area under SROC curve 0.83
± 0.03)
Difficult mask ventilation: Poor predictor
Used alone, the Mallampati tests have limited accuracy for
predicting the difficult airway and thus are not useful screening tests
Mallampati classification is only one of 11 nonreassuring findings
during airway examination