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Table of Contents - Year : 2016 | Month : January | Volume : 10 | Issue : 1 | Page : UD05 - UD06

The Difficult Paediatric Airway: Two Cases of large Cystic Hygroma UD05-UD06

Ruchi Tandon, Aditya Agarwal, Shikha Mehrotra

Dr. Ruchi Tandon,
Associate Professor, Department of Anaesthesiology, Gandhi Medical College and associated Hospitals, Bhopal, M.P, India.

This is a report of a two cases of difficult intubation experienced in paediatric surgical cases. Both the infants, aged one and three-month-old respectively, had very large cystic hygroma of the neck area. Prior hematological and radiological investigations (USG and CT scan of the swelling) and preanaesthesia check up was done and cases were posted for surgical excision. Case I had difficult airway due to pressure of the tumour/cystic hygroma over the airway and posed difficulty for intubation, but was managed well. Case II had respiratory distress during preoperative period. She had been postponed for surgical excision of the cystic hygroma of neck twice due to the difficulties experienced during intubation. Needle aspiration of hygroma fluid helped to reduce the respiratory distress, and the size of the tumour as well, which further helped in the smooth intubation after a week. The postoperative period was uneventful in both the infants.