, Volume 35, Issue 1, pp 93-98

Laryngospasm in paediatric anaesthesia


Laryngospasm is seen most frequently in paediatric anaesthesia. Although laryngospasm has been regarded as a self-limiting complication, statistically unlikely to produce severe complications, 5.0/1,000 patients who develop laryngospasm have a cardiac arrest.1 In less severe instances, laryngospasm may be complicated by bronchospasm, hypoxia, gastric aspiration, arrhythmias, and delayed recovery. Pulmonary oedema following laryngospasm has recently been reported as a significant complication.28 A high level of preparation and forethought can lead to a reduction in morbidity and mortality as a result of laryngospasm.