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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.

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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