CASE REPORT
Year : 2013  |  Volume : 7  |  Issue : 3  |  Page : 341-343

Right hypoglossal nerve paralysis after tracheal intubation for aesthetic breast surgery


Department of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust, Nottingham, United Kingdom

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Sammy Al-Benna
Department of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust, Hucknall Road, Nottingham, NG5 1PB
United Kingdom
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DOI: 10.4103/1658-354X.115331

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Aesthetic and functional complications caused by general anesthesia have been rarely described after aesthetic surgery. We report a case of unilateral right hypoglossal nerve paralysis following the use of a cuffed endotracheal airway in a 24-year-old woman undergoing aesthetic breast surgery. Neurological examination and magnetic resonance imaging of the head failed to provide additional insights into the cause of the nerve injury. Postoperatively, the patient was carefully monitored and made a full recovery within 2 weeks without any pharmacological treatment. The transient hypoglossal nerve paralysis seemed to be due to neuropraxia. In this patient, we postulate that the right hypoglossal nerve was compressed between the endotracheal tube cuff and the hyoid bone, which was inflated with 30 cm H 2 O. Patients undergoing aesthetic surgery must be appropriately and adequately informed that postoperative aesthetic and functional deficits can occur due to anesthesia as well as the surgery.


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