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Case Reports in Neurological Medicine
Volume 2012, Article ID 165860, 4 pages
http://dx.doi.org/10.1155/2012/165860
Case Report

An Operation in the Park Bench Position Complicated by Massive Tongue Swelling

Department of Neurosurgery, Kitasato University School of Medicine, 1-15-1 Kitasato, Minami-ku, Sagamihara, Kanagawa 252-0375, Japan

Received 2 November 2011; Accepted 25 December 2011

Academic Editors: Ö. Ateş and J. Lazareff

Copyright © 2012 Hiroyuki Koizumi 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.

Abstract

This paper presents a case of massive tongue swelling as a complication after an operation in the park bench position. A 43-year-old male who had undergone a resection of a mass in the petrous bone of the clivus showed massive tongue swelling after the surgery in the left park bench position. A direct compression of the bite block caused the swelling of tongue. Tongue swelling may become fatal if it progresses to an airway obstruction; therefore the intraoperative and postoperative management is important.