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Resuscitation. 2004 Apr;61(1):97-9.

Successful management of a neonate with Pierre-Robin syndrome and severe upper airway obstruction by long term placement of a laryngeal mask airway.

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Department of Pediatrics and Anesthesiology, College of Medicine, National Cheng Kung University Hospital, Tainan 704, Taiwan.


The severity of airway obstruction varies in infants with Pierre-Robin syndrome (PRS). Some have severe upper airway obstruction that results in respiratory failure and even death. We report a case of neonate with isolated PRS who had a severe airway obstruction and respiratory failure after birth. She had complications of bilateral pneumothorax, subcutaneous emphysema, and hypoxaemia due to difficult tracheal intubation. Respiratory failure recurred immediately after extubation; she was resuscitated by inserting a laryngeal mask airway. The laryngeal mask airway was left inserted for 6 days. It was successful in this patient and eliminated the need for invasive surgical procedures. In conclusion, the relatively long term use of a laryngeal mask airway, which has not been reported before, could be an alternative therapy for patients with PRS with airway obstruction.

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