Hyoid bone fracture

Case contributed by Oscar Valenzuela

Presentation

Lateral neck trauma (football tackle), causing severe pain, and dysphonia, no signs of respiratory distress.

Patient Data

Age: 17
Gender: Male
X-ray

Right greater cornu of the hyoid bone with a cortical defect. better seen on a right oblique projection

CT

The CT scan confirms the right cornu fracture, with medial angulation of 90º, respiratory tract not involved.

Case Discussion

Football player, 17 year-old male, with lateral neck trauma, had severe neck pain, but no airway obstruction, only difficulty swallowing, and dysphonia. All of these symptoms confirmed to be from a right greater cornu fracture.

Patient was stable and no surgery was needed, only conservative treatment.

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Case information

rID: 40990
Case created: 10th Nov 2015
Last edited: 16th Nov 2015
System: Head & Neck
Tag: trauma
Inclusion in quiz mode: Included

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