Blunt traumatic neck injury is uncommon because it is usually protected by the head, shoulders, and chest. This term is generally used to refer to injuries of the neck besides to cervical spine injuries, which are common.
Blunt injury to the neck is most commonly from motor vehicle collisions, sport and falls 1,2.
Any structure in the neck can be injured but those that more commonly include 1:
- trachea, see tracheobronchial injury
- larynx, see laryngeal trauma
- esophagus, see esophageal rupture
- arterial injury, see blunt cerebrovascular injury
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