Spontaneous reposition of a dislocated arytenoid cartilage.

Department of Anaesthesiology, University of Ulm, Germany.
BJA British Journal of Anaesthesia (Impact Factor: 4.35). 06/1993; 70(5):591-2. DOI: 10.1093/bja/70.5.591
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ABSTRACT We report a patient suffering from arytenoid cartilage dislocation after difficult tracheal intubation and the abrupt spontaneous reposition in the course of severe vomiting 1 month after the operation. Predisposing factors for the unusual reposition are discussed.

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