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CASE REPORT
Year : 2017  |  Volume : 61  |  Issue : 11  |  Page : 930-932

Greater palatine nerve neuropraxia after laryngeal mask insertion: A rare occurrence


1 Department of Anesthesia and Intensive Care, Sengkang General Hospital, Singapore
2 Department of Anesthesia and Intensive Care, Singapore General Hospital, Singapore

Correspondence Address:
Jyoti Garg
Department of Anesthesia and Intensive Care, Sengkang General Hospital
Singapore
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None


DOI: 10.4103/ija.IJA_364_17

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With the more frequent use of the laryngeal mask airway (LMA) over endotracheal tubes for general anaesthesia, various cranial nerve injuries have been reported recently. We report a rare occurrence of greater palatine nerve (GPN) palsy subsequent to the use of LMA Supreme™ in a young female scheduled for hand surgery. Although the exact mechanism of a nerve injury is still a matter of further research, we postulate pressure neuropraxia of GPN as a causative factor in the development of numbness over the hard palate after the removal of LMA in the post operative period.


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