Acute stridor in a child following central venous catheterisation
Published: 27 May 2013
© Anaesthesia Cases / 2013-0035 / ISSN 2396-8397
A 4 month-old male infant underwent cannulation of the right internal jugular vein as part of anaesthetic management for elective surgery. Postoperatively he developed acute stridor requiring re-intubation via a rigid bronchoscope. Examination of airway structures showed gross distortion of the peri-laryngeal structures. We believe that this airway complication occured as a result of fluid and drug extravasation from the central venous catheter.