Acute stridor in a child following central venous catheterisation

Acute stridor in a child following central venous catheterisation

Published: 27 May 2013

© Anaesthesia Cases / 2013-0035 / ISSN 2396-8397

Authors

Dr Moiz Alibhai [1]
Dr Vanessa Palmer [2]
Dr Nivedita Kelgeri [3]
Dr Radha Ravi [4]
  • [1] Specialist Registrar, Jackson Rees Department of Anaesthesia, Alder Hey Children's NHS Foundation Trust Hospital, Liverpool , United Kingdom
  • [2] Senior House Officer, Jackson Rees Department of Anaesthesia, Alder Hey Children's NHS Foundation Trust Hospital, Liverpool, United Kingdom
  • [3] Consultant, Jackson Rees Deaprtment of Anaesthesia, Alder Hey Children's NHS Foundation Trust Hospital, Liverpool, United Kingdom
  • [4] Consultant, Jackson Rees Department of Anaesthesia, Alder Hey Children's NHS Foundation Trust Hospital , Liverpool, United Kingdom

Summary

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.

 

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