Airway Management of Expanding Neck Hematoma After Anterior Cervical Spine Surgery

August 2018
Connecticut Medicine;Aug2018, Vol. 82 Issue 7, p431
Academic Journal
Postoperative upper airway obstruction secondary to wound hematoma is one of the most serious complications associated with anterior cervical spinal surgery. The incidence of this complication is reported to be between 0.2% and 1.9%.1 A once easy airway can be rendered very difficult due to swelling and distorted anatomy. Clinical management of this potentially lethal complication requires a multidisciplinary approach for a successful outcome. This case report details the airway management of an expanding neck hematoma.


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