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[A case of airway obstruction after posterior occipito-cervical fusion]

A 62-year-old female with rheumatoid arthritis underwent posterior occipito-cervical fusion. Although the operation was successfully performed, airway obstruction developed immediately after the extubation. We succeed in fiberoptic intubation. We consider that airway obstruction was caused by the preexisting reduction of the pharyngeal space and the occipito-cervical fusion malalignment. On the extubation after occipito-cervical fusion, we should always consider the possibility of re-intubation and its difficulty

Keywords : adverse effects,Airway Obstruction,Arthritis,Rheumatoid,Cervical Vertebrae,etiology,Female,Humans,Middle Aged,Occipital Bone,Postoperative Complications,Spinal Fusion,surgery,Universities,, Airway,Obstruction,After, neck pain clinic london

Date of Publication : 2002 May

Authors : Ichinose K;Kozuma S;Fukuyama S;Goto S;Nagata C;Yanagi F;

Organisation : Department of Anesthesiology, Kumamoto University School of Medicine, Kumamoto 860-8556

Journal of Publication : Masui

Pubmed Link : https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/12058436

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