Adenotonsillectomy is a commonly performed procedure that can greatly change airway pressure in patients with obstructive sleep patterns related to enlarged tonsils and adenoids. A case is presented in which a patient with a rare subclinical form of Williams-Campbell syndrome died after outpatient adenotonsillectomy. This case report illustrates how patients with structural abnormalities of the tracheobronchial tree can be at increased risk for complications when undergoing surgical procedures that impact airway dynamics. Arch Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 1996;122:1007-1010
Kirse DJ, Tryka AF, Seibert RW, Bower CM. Mortality Following Adenotonsillectomy in a Patient With Williams-Campbell Syndrome. Arch Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 1996;122(9):1007–1010. doi:10.1001/archotol.1996.01890210077017
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