Cervical Decompression and Unexpected Soft Tissue Oedema: Case Report


avatar Tiscia B. Stefanutto 1 , * , avatar Stephen Gatt 2

Gosford Department of Anaesthetist and Perioperative Care, Gosford Hospital, [email protected], Australia
Prionce of Wales and Childrens Hospital, Randwick, Australia

how to cite: Stefanutto T, Gatt S. Cervical Decompression and Unexpected Soft Tissue Oedema: Case Report. Anesth Pain Med.2(2): 97-100. doi: 10.5812/aapm.5048.



Acute upper airway obstruction (UAO) is a life threatening complication that is well recognized after carotid endarterectomy, thyroidectomy and pharyngeal area intervention. It is not widely acknowledged that airway obstruction can occur after cervical spinal fusion surgery which was first described in 1955. There are a number of common postoperative problems which may become apparent in the short to medium term. These include: sore throat, dysphagia, hoarseness, dysphonia, recurrent laryngeal nerve palsy and soft tissue swelling.

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