Tapia's Syndrome after Corrective Jaw Surgery under General Anesthesia: A Case Report

Document Type: Case Report

Authors

ENT-Head and Neck Surgery Research Center, Hazrat Rasoul Akram Hospital , Iran University of Medical Science, Tehran, Iran

Abstract

Introduction:
Tapia’s syndrome is a rare complication of recurrent laryngeal and hypoglossal nerve paralysis due to anesthetic airway mismanagement or malpositioning of the patient’s head during surgery.
 
Case Report:
Here we present a case of Tapia's syndrome in a 22-year-old male after corrective jaw surgery under general anesthesia, with a long period of recovery, related to airway management procedures and/or overstretching of the neck during positioning for surgery.
 
Conclusion:
Although it is a rare condition, every surgeon should be aware of Tapia’s syndrome in order to consider the correct positioning of the head and endotracheal tube during surgery and avoid this complication.

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