Pediatric Radiology

, Volume 38, Issue 3, pp 328–330 | Cite as

Laryngeal mask airway (LMA) artefact resulting in MRI misdiagnosis

  • Thomas SchiebleEmail author
  • Anuradha Patel
  • Melissa Davidson
Case Report


We report a 7-year-old child who underwent brain MRI for a known seizure disorder. The technique used for general anesthesia included inhalation induction followed by placement of a laryngeal mask airway (LMA) for airway maintenance. Because the reviewing radiologist was unfamiliar with the use of an LMA during anesthesia, and because the attending anesthesiologist did not communicate his technique to the radiologist, an MRI misdiagnosis was reported because of artefact created by the in situ LMA. As a result of this misdiagnosis the child was subjected to unnecessary subsequent testing to rule out a reported anatomic abnormality induced by the LMA. Our case illustrates the need for coordination of patient care among hospital services.


Laryngeal mask airway Misdiagnosis Child 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Thomas Schieble
    • 1
    • 2
    Email author
  • Anuradha Patel
    • 1
  • Melissa Davidson
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Anesthesiology, New Jersey Medical SchoolUniversity of Medicine and Dentistry of New JerseyNewarkUSA
  2. 2.Department of AnesthesiologyMaimonides Medical CenterBrooklynUSA

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