Anaesthesia for patients with huge mediastinal mass is very challenging due to the cardiorespiratory embarrassment that may occur. We present a patient with this condition, which was complicated by total airway obstruction, intraoperatively. We discuss the importance of patient positioning and the role of spontaneous ventilation.
- nose and throat/otolaryngology
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Contributors TBY was the anaesthetist in charge of the patient during surgery. AKMR was the senior anaesthetic registrar and in charge of data collection for the patient. MKT was the coauthor of this manuscript.
Funding The authors have not declared a specific grant for this research from any funding agency in the public, commercial or not-for-profit sectors.
Competing interests None declared.
Provenance and peer review Not commissioned; externally peer reviewed.