Background: The tongue flap is an accepted treatment method for cleft palate repair. Orotracheal or nasotracheal intubation using a fiberoptic scope is preferred for the division of the tongue flap. We report two cases of tongue flap division in which the patients received adequate sedation and analgesia without tracheal intubation. Case presentation: Twelve- and 13-year-old male patients were treated at our hospital for tongue flap division, performed as part of a cleft palate repair. We planned to divide the tongue flap under sedation with remifentanil (1 μg/kg/min continuous infusion) and local anesthesia, followed by induction of general anesthesia, and orotracheal intubation after the tongue flap was divided. During the procedure, patients were breathing spontaneously and were cooperative. Patients were able to follow the surgeons’ verbal cues to thrust out the tongue during the procedure, so that the surgeons could easily insert the sutures. Conclusions: During the division of the tongue flap in two children, excellent sedative and analgesic effects were achieved using continuous remifentanil infusion. Keywords: Remifentanil, Tongue flap, Cleft palate Background tongue flaps were divided under sedation without Since the first report by Guerrero-Santos , tongue flap tracheal intubation. Adequate sedation with response to surgery has been used
JA Clinical Reports – Springer Journals
Published: Aug 23, 2017
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