Addressing the Unidentified Unprotected Airway Following Cerebellar Tumor Resection

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Identification and prevention of postoperative pulmonary complications are primary concerns when a patient undergoes anesthetic care. Neurosurgical procedures, particularly those involving the posterior fossa, result in a heightened risk for postoperative pulmonary complications. We describe a case involving a 60-year-old male who presented for planned suboccipital craniotomy for resection of a cerebellopontine angle tumor. The patient was successfully extubated postoperatively in the OR; however, on POD 0, he experienced hypoxemic cardiac arrest from unrecognized cranial neuropathy-associated airway compromise. We will discuss the incidence, risk factors, and predictors for postoperative pulmonary complications after posterior fossa tumor resection.


American Society of Anesthesiology Annual Meeting, October 12-16, 2023, San Francisco, CA