Difference between revisions of "Tracheal injury"

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==Background==
 
==Background==
 
*Usually occurs at junction of trachea and cricoid cartilage
 
*Usually occurs at junction of trachea and cricoid cartilage
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*direct trauma to airway is rare due to protection by sternum and mandible
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*Common causes:
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**Motor vehicle accident: extended neck impacts on steering wheel or dashboard
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**"clothes line injury", assaults/strangulation
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**Penetrating trauma (usually stabbings or gunshot wounds)
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*Associated with [[cervical spine injury]], [[head injury]], multisystem trauma
  
 
==Clinical Features==
 
==Clinical Features==

Revision as of 17:03, 5 September 2016

Background

  • Usually occurs at junction of trachea and cricoid cartilage
  • direct trauma to airway is rare due to protection by sternum and mandible
  • Common causes:
    • Motor vehicle accident: extended neck impacts on steering wheel or dashboard
    • "clothes line injury", assaults/strangulation
    • Penetrating trauma (usually stabbings or gunshot wounds)
  • Associated with cervical spine injury, head injury, multisystem trauma

Clinical Features

  • Subcutaneous emphysema, stridor

Differential Diagnosis

Thoracic Trauma

Evaluation

Management

Disposition

See Also

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