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Isolated tracheal rupture: A case report [Tr-ENT]
Tr-ENT. 2018; 28(4): 187-191 | DOI: 10.5606/Tr-ENT.2018.73603

Isolated tracheal rupture: A case report

Nur Yücel Ekici, Suheyl Haytoğlu, Özkan Kılıç, Osman Kürşat Arıkan
Department of Otolaryngology, Health Science University, Adana Numune Training and Research Hospital, Adana, Turkey

Tracheobronchial injuries are well-recognized sequelae of massive blunt or penetrating injuries of the neck or chest especially from motor vehicle accidents, and rarely due to simple trauma. Tracheal laceration is more common in adults, since adult’s trachea is relatively more unprotected compared to children. Bronchoscopy is fundamental for diagnosis. CT is useful in visualization the level of rupture. Herein, we report on an instance of a minor cervical trauma leading to isolated posterolateral tracheal wall laceration in a 46-year-old woman. We emphasize the importance of suspected tracheal injury, even with minimal trauma. We also review the literature on posterolateral tracheal wall laceration as an isolated feature after blunt cervical trauma in adults, the mechanism of membranous tracheal rupture, diagnostic features and management options.

Keywords: Blunt trauma, cervical; tracheal rupture

Nur Yücel Ekici, Suheyl Haytoğlu, Özkan Kılıç, Osman Kürşat Arıkan. Isolated tracheal rupture: A case report. Tr-ENT. 2018; 28(4): 187-191

Corresponding Author: Nur Yücel Ekici, Türkiye
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