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Congenital lobar emphysema in neonates: Anaesthetic challenges

Author(s): Nath Mridu | Gupta Sachin | Kumar Ashish | Chakrabarty Anulekha

Journal: Indian Journal of Anaesthesia
ISSN 0019-5049

Volume: 55;
Issue: 3;
Start page: 280;
Date: 2011;
Original page

Keywords: Congenital lobar emphysema | lobectomy | neonatal intensive care unit

Congenital lobar emphysema (CLE) is a potentially reversible, though possibly life-threatening, cause of respiratory distress in the neonate. It poses dilemma in diagnosis and management. We are presenting a 6-week-old baby who presented with a sudden onset of respiratory distress related to CLE affecting the left upper lobe. Lobectomy was performed under general anaesthesia with one lung ventilation. The details of anaesthetic challenges and management are described here.

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