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Citation

Kuriloff DB, Pincus RL. Ann. Otol. Rhinol. Laryngol. 1989; 98(10): 824-827.

Affiliation

Department of Otolaryngology, Long Island College Hospital, State University of New York Health Science Center, Brooklyn.

Copyright

(Copyright © 1989, Annals Publishing)

DOI

unavailable

PMID

2802467

Abstract

Few reports describing manual strangulation injury to the neck are found in the otolaryngologic literature. Since most victims sustain immediate fatal asphyxiation, brain anoxia, or cardiac arrest, they are usually examined by a forensic pathologist. When strangulation attempts are nonfatal, neck injuries can lead to delayed airway obstruction. If not managed in a timely fashion, these injuries can be fatal or cause permanent laryngotracheal sequelae. We describe a patient who 36 hours following manual strangulation developed acute upper airway obstruction and neck abscess necessitating tracheotomy, neck exploration, and drainage. Patients suffering this unique type of compression injury may present initially with deceptively benign symptoms and signs. We discuss the overall management of these patients, stressing the need for early imaging studies, endoscopic assessment, and continued airway monitoring in an intensive care unit.


Language: en

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