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Year : 2012  |  Volume : 56  |  Issue : 4  |  Page : 391-393

Anaesthetic consideration in patients with Gorham's syndrome: A case report and review of the literature

Department of Anaesthesiology, Ganga Medical Centre and Hospital, Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu, India

Correspondence Address:
Rajendra Kumar Sahoo
Ganga Hospital, 313, Mettupalayam Road, Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu - 641 043
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DOI: 10.4103/0019-5049.100831

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Gorham's syndrome (GS) is a rare disorder characterized by proliferation of vascular channels resulting in destruction and resorption of osseous matrix leading to bone loss. Bone loss leads to joint instability and problems during airway management and positioning for surgery. Respiratory involvement further complicates anaesthesia management. We report the anaesthetic care of a 21-year-old male patient of known GS for spine decompression and fusion in prone position. Airway management, induction technique, pathophysiology of the disease, drug selection and other concerns of anaesthesia for major spine surgery has been discussed reviewing the sparse literature available.

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