oa Southern African Journal of Anaesthesia and Analgesia - Case study : managing a case of ankylosing spondylitis for inguinal hernia repair : case studies

Volume 16, Issue 2
  • ISSN : 2220-1181
  • E-ISSN: 2220-1173



A 55-year-old man diagnosed with ankylosing spondylitis presented for inguinal hernia repair. The patient was found to have limited neck movement, thoracic kyphosis and restrictive lung disease. Surgery was performed under hernia block, which was inadequate. General anaesthesia was then administered and airway patency was maintained with an endotracheal tube used as a nasopharyngeal airway.

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