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Indian J Anaesth. 2013 Jan;57(1):52-5. doi: 10.4103/0019-5049.108563.

Postoperative airway compromise in shoulder arthroscopy: A case series.

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Department of Anaesthesiology and Critical Care, St John's Medical College and Hospital, Johnnagara, Bangalore, Karnataka, India.


Shoulder arthroscopy is a routine procedure performed for diagnostic and therapeutic purposes. Complications related to patient positioning and anaesthesia are not infrequent. Airway compromise is related to the duration of surgery, surgical technique and equipment, amount of irrigation fluid used and limited access to the patient. Thorough knowledge, both by surgeon and anaesthesiologist, is the key to anticipate, prevent and treat this complication early.


Airway compromise; extravasation; irrigation fluids; shoulder arthroscopy

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