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CASE REPORT
Year : 2016  |  Volume : 60  |  Issue : 6  |  Page : 420-423

Morbidly obese patient with obstructive sleep apnoea for major spine surgery: An anaesthetic challenge


Department of Anaesthesiology and Pain Medicine, Fortis Memorial Research Institute, Gurgaon, Haryana, India

Correspondence Address:
Prof. Hari Hara Dash
Department of Anaesthesiology and Pain Medicine, Fortis Memorial Research Institute, Sector 44, Gurgaon, Haryana - 122 002
India
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DOI: 10.4103/0019-5049.183388

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Morbidly obese patients with clinical features of obstructive sleep apnoea can present a myriad of challenges to the anaesthesiologists which must be addressed to minimise the perioperative risks. Initiation of continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) therapy early in the pre- and post-operative period along with appropriate anaesthetic planning is of paramount importance in such patients. This case report emphasises the usefulness of CPAP therapy, even for a short duration, to minimise morbidity, improve recovery and hasten early discharge from the hospital after major surgery.


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