Acute Laryngeal Oedema and the Yellow Nail Syndrome


Correspondence: MrGavin M.Wright 114 Canning Street, Carlton, Victoria 3053, Australia. Email:


A complication of yellow nail syndrome after pleurodesis is presented. After endotracheal extubation the patient developed delayed acute laryngeal oedema requiring re-intubation. We postulate that the combination of lymphatic defect and airway trauma from the double lumen endotracheal tube were contributory to the oedema. If endotracheal intubation is performed, these patients should be observed for 48 h. (Heart, Lung and Circulation 2000; 9: 36–38)