We read with interest the recent report by Johnson et al.  1about problems encountered during fiberoptic intubations. This study validated our findings from 1989, where we showed that difficulty passing an endotracheal tube over a bronchoscope is most commonly due to contact with the right arytenoid.2Similar to Johnson et al. , we demonstrated that 90° rotation of the tube should be the first maneuver to advance the tube over the arytenoid.2,3We have formally taught this technique to our residents during the past 10 yr.4Of further interest, we have reported that contact with the right aryepiglottic fold is also the most common cause for difficulty in advancing an endotracheal tube using a Bullard laryngoscope.5 

*Baystate Medical Center, Springfield, Massachusetts. neil.roy.connelly@bhs.org

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