Severe bradycardia associated with suspension laryngoscopy

Laryngoscope. 2016 Apr;126(4):949-50. doi: 10.1002/lary.25590. Epub 2015 Nov 3.


Suspension laryngoscopy is one of the most common procedures performed for visualizing and diagnosing diseases of the larynx. A relatively uncommon yet potentially life-threatening complication is that of severe bradycardia or asystole during manipulation of the larynx. This case report highlights the occurrence of this complication during a routine removal of a true vocal fold lesion at a tertiary medical center and discusses the potential pathophysiological mechanisms and proposed management options for this phenomenon.

Keywords: Intubation; carotid sinus; laryngoscope; suspension laryngoscopy.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Bradycardia / etiology*
  • Humans
  • Laryngoscopy / adverse effects*
  • Laryngoscopy / methods
  • Male
  • Middle Aged