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CASE REPORT
Year : 2019  |  Volume : 3  |  Issue : 3  |  Page : 181-183

Anesthesia management in mendelson's syndrome


Department of Anesthesiology and Intensive Care, Faculty of Medicine, Sebelas Maret University, Surakarta, Indonesia

Correspondence Address:
Dr. Ornella Widyapuspita
Department of Anesthesiology and Intensive Care, Faculty of Medicine, Sebelas Maret University, Surakarta
Indonesia
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DOI: 10.4103/BJOA.BJOA_3_19

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In anesthetized patient, aspiration occurs because of insufficient airway protective reflex and subsequent aspiration of gastric contents. It is rare but potentially fatal, depending on its severity. Symptoms may vary from hypoxia to respiratory failure and acute respiratory distress syndrome, even collapsed lung and death. A 30-year-old woman who had a hysterectomy with intra-abdominal packing was scheduled for pack removal. She vomited during induction and ended up with aspiration pneumonitis (Mendelson's syndrome). She was admitted to the intensive care unit after surgery and was extubated on the 4th day. She was then moved to the ward 6 days after the surgery. Awareness and skills to minimize the risk of aspiration anesthetic practice are developing well, but it still causes more than 50% of deaths related to the airway during anesthesia. Recognizing risks and its management is essential to prevent morbidity and mortality.


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