Iatrogenic bilateral hypoglossal palsy following spinal surgery
Bilateral hypoglossal palsy is a rare complication during airway management in surgery.
Isolated bilateral hypoglossal palsy was noted post-operatively in a patient who underwent multiple spinal surgeries associated with prone anaesthesia.
Risk factors include difficult, multiple intubations, prolonged surgical time, throat pack, and hyperextension of the neck during intubation.
We aim to create awareness about this complication which has a significant morbidity and negative effect on patient outcomes.
KeywordsBilateral hypoglossal Palsy Spinal surgery Prone
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None of the authors has any potential conflict of interest.
Informed consent has been obtained from all individuals included in the study.
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