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Journal of Medicine and Life Science 2010;7(2):48-51.
DOI: https://doi.org/10.22730/jmls.2010.7.2.48    Published online December 31, 2010.
The Obesity: Can it be the only factor of pulmonary aspiration during the induction of general anesthesia?- A case report-
Hey Jin Kim, Hye Young Shin, Jong Cook Park, Sang Hyun Park
Department of Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine, Jeju National University School of Medicine, Jeju, Korea
Correspondence:  Hey Jin Kim, Email: hjkim@jejunu.co.kr
During perioperative period, pulmonary aspiration is rare but has significant morbidity and mortality. Therefore, we Should keep in mind and try to prevent it. In this case that we report, even in the patient fasting 12 hours, adequate fasting before elective surgery, the patient with no risk factor except obesity (body mass index 34.9 kg/m2) underwent pulmonary aspiration. It suggests that obesity can be the only independent factor associated with pulmonary aspiration. Thus, we should be aware of unexpected aspiration pneumonia and should be particularly caution when performing induction of anesthesia in dealing with patients who are obese.
Key Words: Airway management; Aspiration pneumonia; Obesity
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