Postoperative Hiccup Induced by LMA—A Case Report with Literature Review


Background: The laryngeal mask airway (LMA) has become popular due to simplicity of its use and its important function in difficult airway management. However, some complications have been associated with its use. A case report and review of literature on hiccups associated with the use of LMA is presented. Case Report: A 24-year-old man who presented with a right inguinoscrotal hernia was scheduled for elective surgery under general anaesthesia. He denied any co-existing medical illness. Physical examination showed a normal healthy patient and he was placed in class 1 of the American Society of Anesthesiologist (ASA) physical status category. After premedication with 0.6 mg atropine, general anaesthesia was induced with 200 mg of intravenous propofol. Size 5 classic LMA was inserted, and surgery had lasted for 45 minutes. He had hiccups immediately after removal of the LMA which lasted for 6 minutes, and stopped about 95 seconds after 0.6 mg intravenous atropine was given. Conclusion: Complications from the use of LMA may be rare but still possible. It is important to adhere to the guidelines for insertion and removal of the LMA and perioperative use of the device should strictly be by trained personnel.

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Nwagwu, C. and Ebirim, L. (2014) Postoperative Hiccup Induced by LMA—A Case Report with Literature Review. Open Journal of Anesthesiology, 4, 236-239. doi: 10.4236/ojanes.2014.410035.

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