Traumatic retropharyngeal hematoma: A case report

COLLIE B. SHAW, ROHIT BAWA, Mark Wax, MARK K. WAX

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Abstract

We describe a case of retropharyngeal hematoma after a cervical hyperextension injury in an elderly man. Progressive hoarseness, dysphagia, and dyspnea were the early signs that necessitated oral endotracheal intubation and, ultimately, tracheostomy. The hematoma was explored and drained through a lateral cervical approach, and a bleeding vessel in a small tear in the anterior spinous ligament was noted and cauterized. The patient recovered uneventfully.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)485-488
Number of pages4
JournalOtolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery
Volume113
Issue number4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1995
Externally publishedYes

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ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Otorhinolaryngology
  • Surgery

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