The PSNet Collection: All Content
Search All Content
Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 2018-2023.
Although wrong-site surgeries are rare, they can be devastating to patients. One otolaryngology (ENT) clinic developed a surgical marking procedure deemed practicable and useful by both providers and patients.
These cases describe the rare but dangerous complication of hematoma following neck surgery. The first case involves a patient with a history of spinal stenosis who was admitted for elective cervical discectomy and cervical disc arthroplasty who went into cardiopulmonary arrest three days post-discharge and could not be intubated due to excessive airway swelling and could not be resuscitated. Autopsy revealed a large hematoma at the operative site, causing compression of the upper airway, which was the suspected cause of respiratory and cardiac arrest.
Shah RK, ed. Otolaryngol Clin North Am. 2019;52:1-194.
Malekzadeh S, ed. Otolaryngol Clin North Am. 2017;50(5):xv-xviii, 875-1036.