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Anesthesia in child with Pallister-Killian syndrome: case report

BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVES: Pallister-Killian Syndrome (PKS) is a rare genetic disease due to a mosaic anomaly of chromosome 12. There is little information about PKS in the anesthetic literature. This report aimed at discussing aspects of this syndrome that may be relevant to anesthesia. CASE REPORT: A 5-year-old male patient with typical PKS characteristics (facial dimorphism, temporal alopecia, micrognathia, macroglossia, mental retardation, seizures and pigmentary skin lesions) was scheduled to magnetic resonance of the head under general anesthesia. He was induced and maintained with sevoflurane under facial mask and oropharyngeal canulla. Pulmonary ventilation was manually assisted during induction. There has been no complication and the procedure was performed in outpatient regimen. CONCLUSIONS: The importance of a thorough preanesthetic evaluation is emphasized due to possible malformations associated to PKS, including cardiopathies. Attention to difficult intubation or maintenance of the airways is recommended.


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