Cricoid cartilage fracture

Case contributed by Dr Henry Knipe


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Patient Data

Age: 30 years
Gender: Male

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

Incidental aberrant right subclavian artery.

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 hematoma / fat stranding.

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Case information

rID: 44573
Published: 28th Apr 2016
Last edited: 14th Aug 2019
Inclusion in quiz mode: Included