Revista Brasileira de Anestesiologia
On-line version ISSN 1806-907X
TONELLI, Deoclécio et al. Upper airway obstruction after peritonsillar abscess drainage: case report. Rev. Bras. Anestesiol. [online]. 2002, vol.52, n.5, pp. 588-590. ISSN 1806-907X. http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S0034-70942002000500009.
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVES: Peritonsillar abscess is an unusual complication, but predisposes to severe upper airway complications. This report aimed at presenting a case of upper airway obstruction after surgical drainage of a peritonsillar abscess in a healthy young female patient. CASE REPORT: Young female patient, 26 years old, with severe peritonsillar abscess and submitted to general anesthesia for drainage. After extubation, she presented a severe respiratory failure requiring reintubation and controlled ventilation for 24 hours. CONCLUSIONS: The anesthetic strategy and the adequate surgical indication are fundamental in preventing complications during ENT surgeries.
Keywords : COMPLICATIONS [Respiratory]; COMPLICATIONS [airway obstruction]; SURGERY [Otorhinolaryngologic].