Airway obstruction due to massive lingual oedema following cleft palate surgery

Jeffry T. Lee, Harry G.G. Kingston

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The Pierre Robin syndrome consists of micrognathia, pseudo-macroglossia, glossoptosis and a high arched or cleft palate. Difficult intubation of the trachea and associated abnormalities such as congenital heart disease are well known complications of this syndrome. Intraoral surgery (such as cleft palate repair and palatoplasty) can also be technically difficult for the surgeon resulting in prolonged retraction on the tongue with a mouth gag to provide adequate surgical exposure. We report a case where massive lingual oedema following a cleft palate repair resulted in life-threatening airway obstruction.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)265-267
Number of pages3
JournalCanadian Anaesthetists' Society Journal
Issue number3
StatePublished - May 1985


  • airway obstruction
  • complications
  • equipment
  • lingual oedema
  • mouth retractor
  • prolonged
  • surgery

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine


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