Users Online: 642 Home Print this page Email this page Small font sizeDefault font sizeIncrease font size  
Home | About us | Editorial board | Search | Ahead of print | Current issue | Archives | Submit article | Instructions | Subscribe | Contacts | Login 

RSACP wishes to inform that it shall be discontinuing the dispatch of print copy of JOACP to it's Life members. The print copy of JOACP will be posted only to those life members who send us a written confirmation for continuation of print copy.
Kindly email your affirmation for print copies to [email protected] preferably by 30th June 2019.


Table of Contents
Year : 2018  |  Volume : 34  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 128-129

Pierre robin sequence with cervicothoracic kyphoscoliosis: An anesthetic challenge

Department of Anaesthesiology and Neuro Surgery, Christian Medical College and Hospital, Ludhiana, Punjab, India

Date of Web Publication15-Mar-2018

Correspondence Address:
V Abraham
Department of Anaesthesiology, Christian Medical College and Hospital, Ludhiana, Punjab
Login to access the Email id

Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/joacp.JOACP_256_15

Rights and Permissions

How to cite this article:
Abraham V, Grewal S, Bhatia G, Kaur N, Raghav W, Jain P, Gupta N, Singh M, George C. Pierre robin sequence with cervicothoracic kyphoscoliosis: An anesthetic challenge. J Anaesthesiol Clin Pharmacol 2018;34:128-9

How to cite this URL:
Abraham V, Grewal S, Bhatia G, Kaur N, Raghav W, Jain P, Gupta N, Singh M, George C. Pierre robin sequence with cervicothoracic kyphoscoliosis: An anesthetic challenge. J Anaesthesiol Clin Pharmacol [serial online] 2018 [cited 2021 Apr 18];34:128-9. Available from:

Pierre Robin sequence (PRS) is a congenital syndrome consisting of micrognathia, receding and short mandible, and cleft lip/palate. The major problem on PRS as faced by anesthesiologist is maintenance of airway in view of resultant glossoptosis.[1]

A 14-year-old male patient was posted for release of tethered spinal cord. He was operated for myelomeningocele at the age of 1 year. He had severe deformities of face, spine, and lower limbs, with high arched cleft palate, hypoplastic mandible, and short restricted movements of neck. The thorax was asymmetrical with dorsolumbar kyphoscoliosis of cervical and thoracic region. X-ray posteroanterior (PA) showed lateral curvature of the spine. Neck X-ray showed deviation of trachea, and narrowing of airway below the glottic region. He had difficulty to sit and was supported by two pillows while lying. On admission, his pulse rate was 88/min, BP-110/80 mmHg. His parents were explained the risk involved in placing the endotracheal tube and an informed consent was procured. The patient was taken to the operating room and O2 was given by venturi mask after nebulizing with 2% lignocaine for 20 min. Intravenous (IV) line was secured and RL (Ringers Lactate) started. IV dexamethasone 2 mg and dexmedetomidine 25 microgram was given along with 100% O2 for 5 min, subsequently, O2 and sevoflurane were administered for 10 min. Later O2 and sevoflurane were continued through nasopharyngeal airway attached via an universal 15 mm connector to breathing circuit. Fibreoptic intubation was done in presence of O2 and sevoflurane with great difficulty in negotiating the Endotracheal tube (ETT) as the glottic and trachea were deviated. The spinal surgery was uneventful in the prone position. He was electively ventilated overnight in intensive care unit (ICU) due to airway edema, and extubated on day 2. He was shifted from ICU after 4 days and discharged from hospital after 8 days.

Craniofacial abnormalities are commonly seen in PRS. In our case the child had all the classical signs of PRS, so a difficult airway was anticipated.[2] Oral premedication is usually given to reduce perioperative anxiety, ease induction, and increase parental satisfaction.[3] We chose not to sedate preoperatively this patient due to craniofacial deformity, cervicothoracic kyphoscoliosis, and PRS, instead administered titrated dose of dexmedetomidine in operation theatre, under standard monitoring. We even anticipated difficult percutaneous tracheostomy in case of emergency in this patient.

Patients with scoliosis suffer from restrictive lung disease which decreases vital capacity, functional residual capacity, tidal volume, and increased respiratory rate.[4] The severity of the deformity is best determined by measuring Cobb's angle. Numerous studies have documented that the more severe the thoracic curve (greater Cobb's angle) the more profound the disturbance on pulmonary function.[5] The preoperative assessment should focus on any cardiovascular, respiratory, or neurological impairment in patients with Cobb's angle >60°. Cardiology evaluation to assess ventricular size and evidence of pulmonary hypertension are required. Thoracic scoliosis causes a significant reduction in the number of alveoli predisposing these patients to impairment of gas exchange and pulmonary hypertension. These patients could present problems during extubation, with difficulty in weaning off the ventilator. Lilius also described associated malformations in 21.8% of cleft lip/palate children.[6] Hypoxia, hypercapnia, acidosis and any increase in pulmonary vascular resistance should be avoided. Pulmonary function test and ABG are crucial and guide decisions regarding mode and time delivery and requirement of ventilator support.[7] Anesthesia poses a significant risk in this case as there is no single regimen that can be recommended for anesthesia management. The titrated dose of IV sedation with inhalational agent without muscle relaxant may be appropriate alongwith individualized perioperative care.

Financial support and sponsorship


Conflicts of interest

There are no conflicts of interest.

  References Top

Tomaski SM, Zalzal GH, Saal HM. Airway obstruction in the Pierre Robin sequence. Larynoscope 1995;105:111-4.  Back to cited text no. 1
Smith MC, Sendors CW. Prognosis of airway obstruction and feeding difficulty in the Robin Sequence. Int J Pediatr Otorhinolaryngol 2006;70:319-24.  Back to cited text no. 2
Barone CP, Pablo CS, Barone GW. Postanesthetic care in the critical care unit. Crit Care Nurse 2004;24:38-45.  Back to cited text no. 3
Gupta S, Singariya G. Kyphoscoliosis and Pregnancy- A case report. Indian J Anaesth 2004:48(3):215-20.  Back to cited text no. 4
Kearon C, Viviani GR, Kirkley A, Killian KJ. Factors determining pulmonary function in adolescent idiopathic thoracic scoliosis. Am Rev Resper Dis 1993;148:288-94.  Back to cited text no. 5
Lilius GP. Clefts with associated anomalies and syndrome in Finland. Scand J Plast Reconstr Surg Hand Surg 1992;26:185-96.  Back to cited text no. 6
Kulkarni AH, Ambareesha M. Scoliosis and anaesthetic considerations. Indian J Anaesth 2007;51:486-95.  Back to cited text no. 7
  [Full text]  


    Similar in PUBMED
   Search Pubmed for
   Search in Google Scholar for
    Access Statistics
    Email Alert *
    Add to My List *
* Registration required (free)  

  In this article

 Article Access Statistics
    PDF Downloaded137    
    Comments [Add]    

Recommend this journal