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Korean Journal of Anesthesiology 1983;16(4):468-469.
DOI: https://doi.org/10.4097/kjae.1983.16.4.468   
Cervical Cord Injury as A Complication of Endotrachel Intubation .
Kyu Taek Choi, Jae Kyu Jeon
Department of Anesthesiology, Keimyung University School of Medicine, Taegu, Korea.
This is a case of cervical cord injury which is a rare complication of endotracheal intubation. A 32 year old muscular male with a short neck had a laparotomy for panperitonitis. He was tranfered to the recovery room after surgery, and the anesthetic procedure wase completed uneventfully. Endotracheal intubation was attempted on several occations on an emergency basis because of unexpected cyanosis associated with hiccups and vomiting in the recovery room. Therefore, his respiration was controlled by the respirator, but he was not able to breath spontaneously for several days. The condition was due to a cervical cord injury with signs of paralysis of the respiratory muscles and upper extremities. The mechanism and process was described.
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