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Case Report Pulmonary Edema due to Upper Airway Obstruction after Neck Mass Excision of the Patient with Cerebral Palsy
Moon Seok Chang, Hun Cho, Hae Ja Lim, Seong Ho Chang, Nan Suk Kim

Department of Anesthesiology, College of Medicine, Korea University, Seoul, Korea.
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Because the emergence from anesthesia may be delayed in the patient with the cerebral palsy, extubation must be delayed until consciousness is recovered completely. Postoperative pulmonary edema has several causes and one of them, upper airway obstruction is rare. We had experienced pulmonary edema due to upper airway obstruction after neck mass excision in the patient with cerebral palsy, who was 21-year-old, 50 kg, male and normal preoperative laboratory data. There was no significant change in blood volume during operation for 1 hour. After operation, the patient breathed spontaneously and the endotracheal tube was extubated in the operating room. When the patient was transfered to the recovery room, he had cyanosis, intercostal and substernal retraction, and the pulse oximeter showed very low oxygen saturation. We supplied oxygen to the patient and reintubated him, and recognized the pinkish frothy sputum by suction of the endotracheal tube. On the portable chest X-ray film of the patient at the moment, hazy increased density on both lung fields indicating pulmonary edema, but the heart size was not increased. By routine treatment for pulmonary edema, the symtoms and signs of the patient were improved. He had stayed for 1 day in the SICU and then transfered to the general ward.

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