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Korean Journal of Anesthesiology 2006;51(4):480-482.
DOI: https://doi.org/10.4097/kjae.2006.51.4.480   
Anesthetic Experience for a Klippel-Feil Syndrome Patient: A case report.
Young Ho Jung, Byung Hoon Yoo, Sang Seok Lee, Seoung Hoon Woo
Department of Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine, Sanggye Paik Hospital, College of Medicine, Inje University, Seoul, Korea. twowind@sanggyepaik.ac.kr
Abstract
We present a 12-year-old female Klippel-Feil syndrome patient who underwent a surgical correction of thoracolumbar scoliosis. The patient had congenital fusion of the cervical vertebrae (C2,3,4,5,6) and showed the classic triad consisting of a low posterior hairline, short neck, and neck motion limitation. Because these patients may have a risk of neurological damage during airway management and subsequent positioning, anesthesiologists need to take care regarding the cervical spine pathology and degree of instability. In this case, fiberoptic bronchoscope guided intubation was performed. We discuss the anesthetic management of Klippel-Feil syndrome patients with a review of the relevant literature.
Key Words: anesthesia; intubation; Klippel-Feil syndrome
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