Lingual Nerve Injury Resulting from Oral Airway Compression During a Myomectomy

Cheng Shing Kuo, Kok Min Seow, Jiann Loung Hwang, Gong Jhe Wu

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Objective: Lingual nerve injury is an uncommon complication of anesthesia. We report a case of isolated unilateral lingual nerve injury following endotracheal tube anesthesia. Case Report: A 36-year-old woman with primary infertility for 4 years presented with severe dysmenorrhea and menorrhagia. A myomectomy was performed under endotracheal tube anesthesia. Postoperatively, the patient complained of numbness at the tip of the right side of the tongue. One month later, the numbness had completely reversed with no motor or sensory nerve complications. Conclusion: Physicians should be aware of this rare complication, especially when a patient complains of numbness of the tongue.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)216-218
Number of pages3
JournalTaiwanese Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2004
Externally publishedYes


  • lingual nerve injury
  • myomectomy
  • oral airway

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Obstetrics and Gynaecology


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