Oropharyngeal swelling and macroglossia after cervical spine surgery in the prone position

J Neurosurg Anesthesiol. 2001 Jul;13(3):237-9. doi: 10.1097/00008506-200107000-00010.

Abstract

An unusual case of massive oropharyngeal swelling and macroglossia occurring after cervical spine surgery performed on a patient in the prone position is described. Possible etiological factors are reviewed, and measures to prevent these complications are suggested.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Arnold-Chiari Malformation / complications*
  • Cervical Vertebrae / surgery*
  • Cranial Fossa, Posterior
  • Decompression, Surgical / methods
  • Hemodynamics
  • Humans
  • Macroglossia / etiology*
  • Male
  • Monitoring, Intraoperative
  • Oropharynx*
  • Orthopedic Procedures / methods*
  • Pharyngitis / etiology*
  • Postoperative Complications
  • Prone Position
  • Spinal Cord Compression / etiology
  • Spinal Cord Compression / surgery*
  • Spinal Fusion / methods*
  • Syringomyelia / complications*