Korean J Anesthesiol.  2007 May;52(5):617-619. 10.4097/kjae.2007.52.5.617.

Transient Hypoglossal Nerve Palsy after Septorhinoplasty: A case report

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  • 1Department of Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine, Cheongju Saint Mary's Hospital, Cheongju, Korea. choiyj0139@yahoo.co.kr

Abstract

Hypoglossal nerve palsy is a rare complication after general anesthesia with orotracheal intubation. It can present with symptoms of tongue deviation, dysarthria and swallowing difficulties. We report 33-year-old female who was scheduled to undergo surgery for a nasal bone fracture under general anesthesia, using orotracheal intubation. After surgery, she complained right side tongue deviation and, dysarthria, and was diagnosed with right hypoglossal nerve palsy. The cause of the hypoglossal nerve palsy was assumed to be a complication of the orotracheal intubation. Fortunately, the patient fully recovered 2 weeks after surgery.

Keyword

hypoglossal nerve palsy; orotracheal intubation

MeSH Terms

Adult
Anesthesia, General
Deglutition
Dysarthria
Female
Humans
Hypoglossal Nerve Diseases*
Hypoglossal Nerve*
Intubation
Nasal Bone
Tongue
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