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Case Report

Year: 2016 | Month: November | Volume: 6 | Issue: 11 | Pages: 304-308

Massive Tongue Swelling Following General Anaesthesia for an Interventional Cardiology Procedure

Shakeel Arsad Meeran Kunju, Christopher David Liessmann

Consultant Anaesthetist, Department of Anaesthesia, The Prince Charles Hospital, Brisbane, Australia Senior lecturer, University of Queensland, Australia.

Corresponding Author: Shakeel Arsad Meeran Kunju


The case report describes the perioperative events during general anaesthesia for an interventional cardiology procedure that resulted in massive tongue swelling with significant morbidity to an elderly patient. The article revisits this life threatening complication that is rarely mentioned in recent case reports. The article discusses the various likely causes which anaesthetists should be aware about.

Key words: General anaesthesia, Interventional cardiology procedure, Massive tongue swelling.

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