Oropharyngeal trauma is a rare type of non-accidental injury (NAI), which can occur as a result of penetrating trauma or forceful insertion of an object. Pharyngeal perforation can lead to retropharyngeal abscess formation, mediastinitis, hemorrhage or interstitial emphysema 1,2.
Varies from minor symptoms to life-threatening conditions 1.
The superior mediastinum may be widened in frontal chest view. On lateral neck views, there can be prevertebral soft tissue thickening. There can be air-fluid levels or gas in the soft tissue or a radiopaque foreign body 1,2.
Extravasation of contrast material can be demonstrated 1.