ISSN : 2146-3123
E-ISSN : 2146-3131

Anaesthetic Management of a Patient with Pseudo-TORCH Syndrome
Derya Berk 1, Alparslan Kuş 1, Tülay Şahin 1, Mine Solak 1, Kamil Toker 1
1Department of Anesthesiology and Reanimation, Kocaeli University Faculty of Medicine, Kocaeli, Turkey
DOI : 10.5152/balkanmedj.2013.6960
Pages : 321-322


Background: Pseudo-TORCH syndrome is a rare, chronic disorder that is characterised by dimorphic features such as microcephaly, intracranial calcification, seizures, mental retardation, hepatosplenomegaly and coagulation disorders.

Case Report: We present the anaesthetic management of a forty day-old boy with Pseudo-TORCH syndrome during magnetic resonance imaging. Microcephaly, growth failure, high palate and bilateral rales in the lungs were detected in pre-anaesthetic physical examination. The peripheral oxygen saturation was 88-89% in room-air and was 95% in a hood with 5 L/min oxygen. We planned general anaesthesia to ensure immobility during magnetic resonance imaging. After standard monitoring, general anaesthesia was induced with 8% sevoflurane in 100% O2. After an adequate depth of anaesthesia was reached, we inserted a supraglottic airway device to avoid intubation without the use of a muscle relaxant. 

Conclusion: In patients with Pseudo-TORCH syndrome, the perioperative anaesthetic risk was increased. We believe that using a supraglottic airway device to secure the airway is less invasive than intubation, and can be performed without the need of muscle relaxants.

Keywords : Pseudo-TORCH syndrome, anaesthesia, supraglottic airway device

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