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Pediatric Acute External Laryngeal Trauma: A Case Report

Author(s): Yusuf VAYISOĞLU | Kemal GÖRÜR | Cengiz ÖZCAN | Derya Ü. TALAS | Haktan E. BAĞIŞ

Journal: Turkish Journal of Emergency Medicine
ISSN 1304-7361

Volume: 7;
Issue: 1;
Start page: 36;
Date: 2007;

Keywords: Laryngeal trauma | pediatric | penetrating trauma.

Pediatric external laryngeal trauma is a rare but clinically important injury. In this case, we report a 12-years-old boy who had acute external penetrating laryngeal trauma. Primary signs and symptoms of the patient were hoarseness, respiratory distress and penetrating injury to the anterior neck. The patient underwent immediately tracheostomy and surgical exploration. On long-term follow-up, his voice and airway patency were improved. This case suggests the importance of early recognition, careful evaluation of acute external laryngeal trauma and immediately restoration of laryngeal skeletal framework for preserved vocal and airway protecting functions of larynx.
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