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Challenges of Airway Management in a Patient with Temporomandibular Joint Ankylosis Complicating Forceps Delivery: A Case Report



Ankylosis of the temporomandibular joint following forceps delivery is a rare anomaly. The aetiopathogenesis involves wrongful application of the forceps or forceful closure of the forceps handle against the condyle with haemathrosis, organisation and subsequent ankylosis. Because of the lack of epidemiological data, there is little information about the true incidence and the management of this rare anomaly. The purpose of this presentation is to report the challenges encountered in the airway management of a six-year old female with right temporomandibular joint ankylosis following forceps delivery in a private hospital setting.

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e-Published: 17 Oct, 2013
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