Cricoid cartilage fracture

Case contributed by Dr Henry Knipe


Dropped weight on neck at gym.

Patient Data

Age: 30 years
Gender: Male
Modality: CT

Right lateral cricoid cartilage fracture resulting in mild distortion and narrowing of the subglottic larynx.

Incidental aberrant right subclavian artery.

Modality: Annotated image

Blue arrow depicts the location of the cricoid fracture. 

Case Discussion

Laryngeal injuries are rare, with cricoid injuries accounting for <50% of all laryngeal injuries. The cricoid cartilage is a complete ring, therefore any defect is abnormal. This is a follow-up of the original imaging (not available) which accounts for the lack of haematoma / fat stranding.

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Case Information

rID: 44573
Case created: 27th Apr 2016
Last edited: 15th Apr 2017
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