Tracheal tear from blunt neck trauma in children: Diagnosis and management

David J. Mener, Fray Dylan Stewart, David E Tunkel

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Abstract

We describe the management of posterior trachea tears after blunt neck trauma in two children. The first, a 5 year-old boy who fell off his scooter, causing a 1.0cm tear in the membranous cervical trachea, was managed conservatively with 5 days of intubation. The second, a 12 year-old girl who fell on her bicycle, causing a 4.0cm tear in the membranous thoracic trachea, was repaired with thoracoscopic techniques. The presumed mechanism may be expansion of the U-shaped cartilage with tear of the membranous trachea. The size, location, and severity of symptoms dictate the decision about primary repair versus conservative management.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)100-102
Number of pages3
JournalInternational Journal of Pediatric Otorhinolaryngology
Volume96
DOIs
StatePublished - May 1 2017

Keywords

  • Blunt neck trauma
  • Pneumothorax
  • Tracheal tear

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health
  • Otorhinolaryngology

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