Massive sialadenitis resulting in critical airway after elective craniotomy: Case report

Aditya Vedantam, Daniel Hansen, Bradley Daniels, Sandi Lam*

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The authors report an unusual case of acute, rapidly progressive, unilateral neck swelling following extubation after elective left anterior temporal lobectomy with amygdalohippocampectomy. Due to severe neck swelling, the patient developed critical airway compromise, brachial plexopathy, and Horner's syndrome. After critical airway management and appropriate rehabilitation, the patient recovered completely and remains seizure free at 1.5 years of follow-up. This case highlights the importance of early recognition of acute postoperative sialadenitis and the steps needed to prevent serious morbidity and possible mortality from this rare complication.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)475-479
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of Neurosurgery: Pediatrics
Issue number4
StatePublished - Oct 2016
Externally publishedYes


  • Airway emergency
  • Craniotomy
  • Neck edema
  • Neck swelling
  • Pediatric
  • Postoperative
  • Sialadenitis
  • Submandibular gland

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery
  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health
  • Clinical Neurology


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