Anesthetic management of a patient with Mulvihill-Smith syndrome

Junya Kuribayashi, Tatsuya Yamada, Hiroshi Morisaki, Junzo Takeda

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Mulvihill-Smith syndrome is a rare disease that belongs to progeroid syndromes. This syndrome is characterized by a senile face with an underdeveloped lower half, short stature, microcephaly, multiple pigmented nevi, immunodeficiency, hearing loss, and high-pitched voice. We report anesthetic management of a 27-year-old woman, 138 cm and 27 kg, with this syndrome, who underwent removal of mandibular cyst, partial resection of tongue and keratoplasty. Anesthesia was induced with fentanyl, propofol and vecuronium. There was difficulty in maintaining adequate ventilation with a face mask for children, and we used a mask for infants. Her Cormack grade was rated 3 but her trachea could be intubated assisted by BURP procedure. Anesthesia was maintained with sevoflurane, nitrous oxide and oxygen supplemented with fentanyl. The changes of blood pressure during anesthesia were extraordinary, suggesting the presence of advanced arteriosclerosis. The postoperative course was uneventful, with stable hemodynamics, and the patient was discharged from the hospital on 9th postoperative day. Anesthesia for Mulvihill-Smith syndrome should be performed with caution for the potential risk of difficult airway and unstable hemodynamics.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)835-837
Number of pages3
JournalJapanese Journal of Anesthesiology
Issue number7
Publication statusPublished - 2007 Jul


  • General anesthesia
  • Mulvihill-Smith syndrome
  • Progeroid syndromes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine


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