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Paediatr Anaesth. 2001 Jul;11(4):491-3.

Cervical subcutaneous emphysema: an unusual complication of adenotonsillectomy.

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  • 1Department of Anesthesiology, Turgut Ozal Medical Center, Inonu University Medical Faculty, 44300 Malatya, Turkey.


Removal of the tonsils and adenoid tissue because of recurrent infection and/or respiratory obstruction is one of the most commonly performed operations. A rare complication during this intervention is subcutaneous surgical emphysema. The awareness of anaesthesiologists and otolaryngological surgeons will protect the patient from serious consequences. We report our experience with this complication and provide a review of the literature.

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