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CASE REPORT
Year : 2011  |  Volume : 27  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 241-243

Anesthetic management of schwannoma of the base of the tongue


Department of Anaesthesia and Critical Care, Vardhman Mahavir Medical College and Safdarjang Hospital, New Delhi, India

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DOI: 10.4103/0970-9185.81830

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Schwannoma arising from the base of the tongue are very rare and only a few cases have been reported so far. Definitive diagnosis is always made after a histological examination. Apart from an anticipated difficult airway with a risk of airway obstruction upon induction of general anesthesia, anesthetic concerns also include possibility of trauma to the growth and bleeding with attendant risks. We discuss the awake fiberoptic technique used for endotracheal intubation in such a case. This case report highlights the importance of detailed history taking and clinical examination, with emphasis on airway assessment and preoperative planning.


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