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Case Reports in Anesthesiology
Volume 2016, Article ID 8185628, 3 pages
Case Report

Unilateral Vocal Cord Paralysis following Insertion of a Supreme Laryngeal Mask in a Patient with Sjögren’s Syndrome

Department of Anesthesiology, Intensive Care and Pain Medicine, Catharina Ziekenhuis, Eindhoven, Netherlands

Received 15 August 2016; Revised 27 October 2016; Accepted 7 November 2016

Academic Editor: Pavel Michalek

Copyright © 2016 T. O. J. Masarwa et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


Since its introduction in 1988 by Dr. Archie Brain, the laryngeal mask airway (LMA) is being used with increasing frequency. Its ease of use has made it a very popular device in airway management and compared to endotracheal intubation it is less invasive. The use of LMA was on the rise, so has been the incidence of its related complications. We report severe unilateral vocal cord paralysis following the use of the supreme laryngeal mask (sLMA) in a patient with Sjögren’s syndrome. In addition, we propose possible mechanisms of injury, review the existing case reports, and discuss our findings.