Bali Journal of Anesthesiology

: 2020  |  Volume : 4  |  Issue : 4  |  Page : 206--207

Contact dermatitis secondary to tegaderm application in a case of cochlear implant

Ravi Shankar Sharma1, Hariprasad Ramalingam2, Manoj Kamal2, Nilay Pal2, Suyashi3,  
1 Division on Pain Medicine, Department of Anaesthesiology, AIIMS, Rishikesh, India
2 Department of Anaesthesiology and Critical Care, AIIMS, Jodhpur, Rajasthan, India
3 Department of Anatomy, AIIMS, Jodhpur, Rajasthan, India

Correspondence Address:
Dr. Ravi Shankar Sharma
Acad S. R.(DM Pain Medicine), Department of Anaesthesiology, AIIMS, Rishikesh - 249 203, Uttarakhand

How to cite this article:
Sharma RS, Ramalingam H, Kamal M, Pal N, Suyashi. Contact dermatitis secondary to tegaderm application in a case of cochlear implant.Bali J Anaesthesiol 2020;4:206-207

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Sharma RS, Ramalingam H, Kamal M, Pal N, Suyashi. Contact dermatitis secondary to tegaderm application in a case of cochlear implant. Bali J Anaesthesiol [serial online] 2020 [cited 2023 Mar 26 ];4:206-207
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We report a case of irritant contact dermatitis following application of transparent medical dressing (Tegaderm™) for ocular protection during a case of cochlear implant placement. At our institution, Tegaderm™ is routinely applied for ocular protection during general anesthesia. In this case, a 4-year-old male underwent cochlear implant placement under general anesthesia. The child presented with bilateral sensorineural hearing loss. Preoperative evaluation revealed a healthy child without any other congenital anomaly.

Following induction of general anesthesia and airway securing, two cut halves of intravenous Tegaderm™ (6 cm × 7 cm) were applied on both eyes [Figure 1]. Immediately just before extubation, Tegaderm™ was removed. The entire perioperative period was uneventful. Following the recovery of consciousness, the patient complained of periorbital itching. Four hours after the surgery was completed, the patient developed redness around both eyelids and periorbital region. The area of redness gradually increased on the next day and was associated with small vesicles.{Figure 1}

The dermatologist diagnosed him as a case of irritant contact dermatitis [Figure 2]. Later on, a topical steroid was prescribed, which resulted in complete healing of the lesion. The patient was discharged on the 4th day after the surgery. Most corneal injuries during general anesthesia are thought to be secondary to incomplete closure of the eyelids.[1] Adhesive tape or Tegaderm™ is routinely used to approximate the eyelids. We report this case because it is unique for a child to sustain periorbital contact dermatitis from an adhesive used for this purpose.{Figure 2}

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The authors certify that they have obtained all appropriate patient consent from the parents. They provided us with permission for his images and other clinical information for future publication. The parents understand that their names and initials will not be published and due efforts will be made to conceal their identity, but anonymity cannot be guaranteed.

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1White E, Crosse MM. The etiology and prevention of perioperative corneal abrasions. Anaesthesia 1998;53:157-61.