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Acta Anaesthesiol Belg. 2009;60(3):191-3.

Two cases of isolated unilateral paralysis of hypoglossal nerve after uncomplicated orotracheal intubation.

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Department of Anesthesiology, Université Catholique de Louvain, St Luc Hospital, Brussels, Belgium. Georges.Lopes@uclouvain.be

Abstract

We report two cases of postoperative unilateral hypoglossal nerve palsy following uncomplicated orotracheal intubation for plastic surgery. Both patients underwent a long procedure and were installed in a non physiological position. These two factors might have played an important role in the mechanism of nerve damage. Furthermore, other etiologies of neurological injury like a difficult airway or anatomical anomalies were not present. The aim of these two case reports is to sensitize the anesthetists to hypoglossal nerve palsy and to highlight a potential clinical problem of positioning during plastic surgery.

PMID:
19961119
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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