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Tracheostomy, lingular tonsillectomy and sleep-related breathing disorders

Lookup NU author(s): Dr David Meikle


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Laser resection of lingual tonsils and formal closure of a tracheostomy improved the airway in a 14-yr-old patient with Down's syndrome. Non-invasive airway support to treat obstructive sleep apnoea was postponed with this treatment. During the anaesthetic a laryngeal mask airway was used to support the airway after lingual tonsillectomy, to assess the suitability of de-functioning the tracheostomy. Laryngeal mask airways assist management of lingual tonsils. Lingual tonsillar hypertrophy can lead to obstructive sleep disorders.

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Author(s): Conacher ID, Meikle D, O'Brien C

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: British Journal of Anaesthesia

Year: 2002

Volume: 88

Issue: 5

Pages: 724-726

ISSN (print): 0007-0912

ISSN (electronic): 1471-6771

Publisher: Oxford University Press


DOI: 10.1093/bja/88.5.724


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