Anesthetic and airway management of general anesthesia in a patient with Meckel-Gruber syndrome

Miyazu, Mitsunori; Sobue, Kazuya; Ito, Hiroaki; Azami, Takafumi; Ito, Shoji; Takeuchi, Akinori; Sasano, Hiroshi; Tsuda, Takako; Katsuya, Hirotada
November 2005
Journal of Anesthesia;2005, Vol. 19 Issue 4, p309
Academic Journal
Meckel-Gruber syndrome, characterized by occipital encephalocele, microcephaly, polydactyly, cleft lip or palate, mandibular micrognathism, and anatomical abnormality of the larynx and tongue, along with other associated malformations, is in the list of diseases associated with difficult airway. However, there has been no report on the management of general anesthesia and airway management for such patients. A 2-year-old girl with Meckel-Gruber syndrome was scheduled for cardioplasty and gastrostomy for gastroesophageal reflux under general anesthesia. Preoperative examination revealed obesity, microgenia, dysspondylism, proteinuria, hypoplastic kidneys, and stenosis of the anal canal. Although we anticipated some difficulty with the intubation and prepared several alternative methods for intubation, such as a bronchofiberscope and a laryngeal mask airway, tracheal intubation was completed without difficulty using conventional laryngoscopy after inhalational induction with sevoflurane. Because most patients with this syndrome die before and shortly after delivery, those who survive to some age might have less severe deformities.


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