Laryngospasm In A Patient With Penetrating Neck And Jaw Trauma

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A 22-year-old male underwent an emergent right neck exploration after multiple gunshot wounds to the neck and jaw. The patient was successfully extubated on post-operative day 7, however two days later, he unexpectedly returned to the OR for malposition of his PEG tube. The patient was re-intubated for the procedure. Post-operatively, patient was extubated but developed laryngospasm and could not be positive-pressure ventilated due to post-traumatic/post-surgical airway anatomy. The decision was made to place an emergent tracheostomy. In this case report, we will discuss risks associated with post-extubation laryngospasm, and the management of the traumatic/altered airway post-extubation.


American Society of Anesthesiology Annual Meeting, New Orleans, LA, October 21-25, 2022.