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Cervical emphysema: an unusual presentation of laryngeal cancer


Pézier, T; Schuknecht, B; Schmid, S; Huber, G (2014). Cervical emphysema: an unusual presentation of laryngeal cancer. Journal of Laryngology and Otology, 128(3):299-301.

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Background: Acute respiratory decompensation can occur on a background of slowly progressive airway compromise, for example in laryngeal squamous cell cancer. Surgeons in ENT, together with anaesthetists, are often asked to evaluate airway risk and as yet there is no widely adopted standardised approach. Case report: This paper reports the case of an 82-year-old male, who presented with acute airway compromise due to both endolaryngeal obstruction from a squamous cell cancer and extralaryngeal compression from massive subcutaneous emphysema. Results: Primary total laryngectomy was performed, but the patient declined adjuvant radiotherapy. He died a year later from a heart attack without evidence of recurrence. Conclusion: To the best of our knowledge, this is the first case report of acute airway compromise from extralaryngeal subcutaneous emphysema secondary to laryngeal cancer. Options for acute airway management are discussed

Abstract

Background: Acute respiratory decompensation can occur on a background of slowly progressive airway compromise, for example in laryngeal squamous cell cancer. Surgeons in ENT, together with anaesthetists, are often asked to evaluate airway risk and as yet there is no widely adopted standardised approach. Case report: This paper reports the case of an 82-year-old male, who presented with acute airway compromise due to both endolaryngeal obstruction from a squamous cell cancer and extralaryngeal compression from massive subcutaneous emphysema. Results: Primary total laryngectomy was performed, but the patient declined adjuvant radiotherapy. He died a year later from a heart attack without evidence of recurrence. Conclusion: To the best of our knowledge, this is the first case report of acute airway compromise from extralaryngeal subcutaneous emphysema secondary to laryngeal cancer. Options for acute airway management are discussed

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Item Type:Journal Article, refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:National licences > 142-005
Dewey Decimal Classification:610 Medicine & health
Language:English
Date:1 March 2014
Deposited On:12 Oct 2018 16:49
Last Modified:24 Sep 2019 23:38
Publisher:Cambridge University Press
ISSN:0022-2151
OA Status:Green
Publisher DOI:https://doi.org/10.1017/s0022215114000437
Related URLs:https://www.swissbib.ch/Search/Results?lookfor=nationallicencecambridge101017S0022215114000437 (Library Catalogue)
PubMed ID:24621443

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