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Revista Brasileira de Anestesiologia

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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 0034-7094.

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].

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