Dysphagia, hoarseness, and globus in a postoperative patient

Am J Otolaryngol. 2015 Mar-Apr;36(2):310-1. doi: 10.1016/j.amjoto.2014.11.011. Epub 2014 Dec 3.


Sore throat, hoarseness, and dysphagia are known and recognized postoperative complications of laryngeal mask airway use during operative procedures. The patient's symptoms, present immediately after surgery, are thought related to airway manipulation. Airway foreign bodies, although low on the differential, can cause similar symptoms. We present a case of a single patient who presented to a tertiary care center after an elective outpatient procedure with postoperative sore throat, hoarseness, and dysphagia. A foreign body was found lodged in the patient's hypopharynx. The differential diagnosis of sore throat, hoarseness, and dysphagia in the postoperative patient is explored in further detail.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Anesthesia, General / adverse effects
  • Anesthesia, General / methods
  • Arthroplasty, Replacement, Knee / adverse effects
  • Arthroplasty, Replacement, Knee / methods
  • Deglutition Disorders / etiology*
  • Deglutition Disorders / physiopathology
  • Diagnosis, Differential
  • Elective Surgical Procedures / adverse effects
  • Elective Surgical Procedures / methods
  • Foreign Bodies / diagnosis*
  • Foreign Bodies / therapy
  • Hoarseness / etiology*
  • Hoarseness / physiopathology
  • Humans
  • Hypopharynx*
  • Intubation, Intratracheal / adverse effects
  • Intubation, Intratracheal / methods
  • Laryngeal Masks / adverse effects*
  • Laryngoscopy / methods*
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Postoperative Complications / diagnosis
  • Postoperative Complications / therapy
  • Risk Assessment
  • Treatment Outcome