Serious deep neck infections may result in life-threatening airway complications. The aim of this study was to review the management of patients requiring surgical drainage with deep neck infections and to identify possible factors that may predict a greater risk of airway complications. In this study the authors reviewed the notes of patients requiring surgical drainage of deep neck infections who were admitted to Royal Perth Hospital over a seven-year period (2000 to 2007). One hundred and twenty-nine suitable patients were identified, of whom 15.5% encountered airway complications including one death due to airway obstruction. Airway complications were more common if there was no consultant anaesthetist present (odds ratio 4.01 [confidence interval 1.20 to 13.46], P = 0.02). Deep neck infections are still relatively common and are associated with significant morbidity and mortality. Patients with deep neck infections represent an anaesthetic challenge which should be managed by those with an appropriate level of experience.
|Journal||Anaesthesia and Intensive Care|
|Publication status||Published - 2009|