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Year : 2006  |  Volume : 14  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 42-43

Release of Severe post burn neck contracture - Our experience with Tumescent Local Anaesthesia and Ketamine

Department of anaesthesiology, 0. j. Medical College, Civil Hospital, Ahmedabad, India

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Difficult airway intubation is predicted in cases of severe post burn neck contracture, which can be life threatening and can result in multiple serious complications and sequelae. We studied fifteen patients with age ranging from 15- to 60 years, who were operated under local tumescent anaesthesia supplemented with intravenous ketamine for release of post burn neck contracture and split thickness skin grafting. This method obviates the need for endotracheal intubation. No complications were attributed to this anaesthesia technique.

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