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Korean J Crit Care Med. 2010 Jun;25(2):107-111. Korean. Case Report.
Ku JH , Park ES , Lim YS .
Department of Anesthesia and Pain Medicine, Konyang University Hospital, Daejeon, Korea. wpkok@hanmail.net
Abstract

Acute airway obstruction after anterior cervical surgery is rare, but does occur. Airway obstruction due to prevertebral soft tissue swelling is unpredictable, but potentially lethal. We managed a 67-year-old male who developed acute airway obstruction caused by marked prevertebral soft tissue swelling on the first day after anterior cervical discectomy and fusion at the C4-C5 level.

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