J Dent Anesth Pain Med.  2018 Apr;18(2):115-117. 10.17245/jdapm.2018.18.2.115.

Dexamethasone treatment for bilateral lingual nerve injury following orotracheal intubation

  • 1Department of Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine, School of Medicine, Kyungpook National University, Daegu, South Korea.
  • 2Department of Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine, School of Dentistry, Kyungpook National University, Daegu, South Korea. jeon68@knu.ac.kr


Lingual nerve injury is a rare complication of general anesthesia. The causes of lingual nerve injury following general anesthesia are multifactorial; possible mechanisms may include difficult laryngoscopy, prolonged anterior mandibular displacement, improper placement of the oropharyngeal airway, macroglossia and tongue compression. In this report, we have described a case of bilateral lingual nerve injury that was associated with orotracheal intubation for open reduction and internal fixation of the left distal radius fracture in a 61-year-old woman. In this case, early treatment with dexamethasone effectively aided the recovery of the injured lingual nerve.


Dexamethasone; General anesthesia; Lingual nerve injuries; Orotracheal intubation; Steroid
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