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September 1996

Mortality Following Adenotonsillectomy in a Patient With Williams-Campbell Syndrome

Author Affiliations

From the Departments of Otolaryngology–Head and Neck Surgery (Drs Kirse, Seibert, and Bower) and Pathology (Dr Tryka), Arkansas Children's Hospital, University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, Little Rock. Dr Kirse is currently doing a fellowship in Pediatric Otolaryngology at Children's Hospital/Harvard University Medical School, Boston, Mass.

Arch Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 1996;122(9):1007-1010. doi:10.1001/archotol.1996.01890210077017

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

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