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Anaesthesia. 1987 Nov;42(11):1209-11.

Upper airway obstruction in neurofibromatosis.

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Department of Anesthesiology and Critical Care Medicine, Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions, Baltimore, Maryland 21205.


A patient with von Recklinghausen's neurofibromatosis developed severe upper airway obstruction at the induction of anaesthesia and required emergency cricothyroidotomy. The cause was a neurofibroma at the base of the tongue. Features of von Recklinghausen's neurofibromatosis which may be of importance to the anaesthetist are reviewed.

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