Ramon E. Perez, MD


Mediastinal Abscess From Laryngeal Mask Airway

March 20, 2008

The laryngeal mask airway (LMA) has become a popularalternative to endotracheal intubation. Many cliniciansconsider it a safe procedure, but complications do occur.Although uncommon, retropharyngeal perforation withmediastinal abscess can become a life-threatening event. Wereport a case of mediastinal abscess in an 84-year-old womanwho received LMA ventilation during a surgical procedurefor total knee replacement. [Infect Med. 2008;25:180-185]