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Traumatic retropharyngeal hematoma.
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PMID:  2765235     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
The development of a retropharyngeal hematoma following a whiplash injury is a rare occurrence. The potential for airway compression necessitates rapid assessment and treatment. An 80-year-old man who had been receiving long-term aspirin therapy sustained a retropharyngeal hematoma following a motor vehicle accident. Management consisted of tracheostomy, neck exploration, and evacuation and drainage of the hematoma. To the best of our knowledge, there are less than 20 citations of traumatic retropharyngeal hematoma in the English literature. Retropharyngeal hematoma has been associated with cervical extension/flexion injuries, anticoagulation therapy, great-vessel trauma, and foreign body ingestion.
D Myssiorek; C Shalmi
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Case Reports; Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Archives of otolaryngology--head & neck surgery     Volume:  115     ISSN:  0886-4470     ISO Abbreviation:  Arch. Otolaryngol. Head Neck Surg.     Publication Date:  1989 Sep 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1989-10-05     Completed Date:  1989-10-05     Revised Date:  2006-03-28    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  8603209     Medline TA:  Arch Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg     Country:  UNITED STATES    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  1130-2     Citation Subset:  AIM; IM    
Department of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery, Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Bronx, NY.
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MeSH Terms
Aged, 80 and over
Edema / etiology
Hematoma / etiology*
Pharyngeal Diseases / etiology
Whiplash Injuries / complications*

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