Cervical subcutaneous emphysema: an unusual complication of adenotonsillectomy

Paediatr Anaesth. 2001 Jul;11(4):491-3. doi: 10.1046/j.1460-9592.2001.00707.x.


Removal of the tonsils and adenoid tissue because of recurrent infection and/or respiratory obstruction is one of the most commonly performed operations. A rare complication during this intervention is subcutaneous surgical emphysema. The awareness of anaesthesiologists and otolaryngological surgeons will protect the patient from serious consequences. We report our experience with this complication and provide a review of the literature.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Adenoidectomy / adverse effects*
  • Child
  • Humans
  • Intraoperative Complications
  • Male
  • Neck*
  • Pharynx / injuries
  • Subcutaneous Emphysema / diagnosis
  • Subcutaneous Emphysema / etiology*
  • Subcutaneous Emphysema / therapy
  • Tonsillectomy / adverse effects*