Korean J Anesthesiol.  2019 Dec;72(6):606-609. 10.4097/kja.d.18.00354.

Unilateral hypoglossal nerve palsy after the use of laryngeal mask airway (LMA) Protector: a case report

Affiliations
  • 1Department of Anesthesiology, University of Malaya Faculty of Medicine, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. michaelbzy2018@um.edu.my

Abstract

BACKGROUND
The laryngeal mask airway (LMAⓇ) Protector™ (Teleflex Medical Co., Ireland) is the latest innovation in the second generation of LMA devices. One distinguishing feature of this device is its integrated, color-coded cuff pressure indicator (Cuff ™ technology) which enables continuous cuff pressure monitoring and allows adjustments when necessary; this ensures patient safety due to better monitoring. CASE: We report a case of postoperative unilateral hypoglossal nerve palsy after uncomplicated use of the LMA Protector. To the best of our knowledge, this could be the second reported case.
CONCLUSIONS
This case demonstrates that anesthetists need to routinely measure cuff pressure and that the Cuff Pilotâ„¢ technology is not a panacea for potential cranial nerve injury after airway manipulation.

Keyword

Airway; Complication; Hypoglossal nerve palsy; Laryngeal mask; Postoperative

MeSH Terms

Cranial Nerve Injuries
Hypoglossal Nerve Diseases*
Hypoglossal Nerve*
Laryngeal Masks*
Patient Safety
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