Intraoperative Diagnosis and Use of Glidescopetm Video Laryngoscope for Cephalic Tetanus


This case report describes the clinical characteristics and management of a 38-year-old man with cephalic tetanus. He presented with a massive facial infection after a dental procedure. After induction of anesthesia, cephalic tetanus was clinically diagnosed during induction based on the presence of a new facial nerve palsy and nuchal rigidity even after the administration of succinylcholine. The first attempt at intubation was unsuccessful with a Macintosh laryngoscope due to persistent nuchal rigidity and lockjaw despite the use of succinylcholine. Consistent with other reports, intubation was remarkably uncomplicated when the video laryngoscope was used. Postoperatively, the Clostridium tetani infection progressed to generalized tetanus and responded to supportive care. This case highlights the difficulties of diagnosis, and supports the utility of the Glidescopetm video laryngoscope in this unusual pathological condition.

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S. Shulman, Y. Yasyulyanets and P. Kloser, "Intraoperative Diagnosis and Use of Glidescopetm Video Laryngoscope for Cephalic Tetanus," Open Journal of Anesthesiology, Vol. 3 No. 1, 2013, pp. 28-32. doi: 10.4236/ojanes.2013.31008.

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