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An unusual case of stridor after thyroidectomy.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  12071159     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Twelve days after subtotal thyroidectomy, an air pocket developed in a patient's neck. The pressure in this pocket had gradually increased as small amounts of air, probably associated with coughing, came out of a tiny hole in the trachea to form a pneumocoele. This produced limited surgical emphysema, causing venous congestion and oedema of the soft tissues of the larynx, which in turn led to increasing airway obstruction. We believe that this is the first reported case of a pneumocoele that gradually increased in size, causing airway obstruction that was almost certainly due to secondary laryngeal oedema.
S Ahmed; D Clarke; R S Vaughan; M H Wheeler
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Case Reports; Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Anaesthesia     Volume:  57     ISSN:  0003-2409     ISO Abbreviation:  Anaesthesia     Publication Date:  2002 Jun 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2002-06-18     Completed Date:  2002-08-01     Revised Date:  2004-11-17    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0370524     Medline TA:  Anaesthesia     Country:  England    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  581-3     Citation Subset:  AIM; IM    
Directorate of Anaestesia, University Hospital of Wales NHS Trust, Heath Park, Cardiff, UK.
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MeSH Terms
Airway Obstruction / etiology
Laryngitis / etiology
Respiratory Sounds / etiology*
Thyroidectomy / adverse effects*
Trachea / injuries

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