Atypical penetrating laryngeal trauma: a bullet in the larynx


Sari M., Baylancicek S. , Inanli S.

EUROPEAN JOURNAL OF EMERGENCY MEDICINE, vol.14, no.4, pp.230-232, 2007 (Journal Indexed in SCI) identifier identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 14 Issue: 4
  • Publication Date: 2007
  • Doi Number: 10.1097/mej.0b013e3281667aad
  • Title of Journal : EUROPEAN JOURNAL OF EMERGENCY MEDICINE
  • Page Numbers: pp.230-232

Abstract

Penetrating laryngeal traumas due to gunshot wounds are rare cases. These cases are generally encountered during wars. Here, we report a 40-year-old man who presented with a gunshot wound in his neck. Physical and radiological examination revealed a foreign body in the larynx. A piece of bullet was extracted from the right supraglottic part of his larynx via direct laryngoscopy under general anesthesia. The patient had a good recovery without any symptom postoperatively. Early recognition and accurate management of penetrating laryngeal traumas are essential. Establishing a patent airway and a good quality of voice are important aims for long-term results.