Theron AD, Loyden C. Anaesthesia 2008; 63(4): 441-442
This article describes a post-operative complication after i-gel® use. The patient was successfully ventilated with a size four i-gel®, which was in line with the recommendation for the patient’s weight (85kg). After surgery, the patient reported numbness in the lower lip. An examination shows swelling and an ulcer on the inside of the lip. There are two possible explanations for this injury – the patient’s lip may have been caught in the tape used to secure the i-gel® or it may have been caught in between the i-gel® and the patient’s teeth. The authors warn that this could occur with any airway device, but that extra care should be taken with the i-gel® due to the bulkier design.
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