Tracheal rupture

Case contributed by Townsville radiology training


Attempted hanging. Surgical emphysema of neck. Now intubated. ?Airway injury, vessel injury.

Patient Data

Age: 27
Gender: Male

Abrupt increase in the tracheal caliber with 2 cm anterior wall deficiency at C6 level consistent with tracheal rupture. Fracture of the right superior cornu of thyroid cartilage.

Carotid and vertebral arteries satisfactory.

Extensive subcutaneous emphysema, pneumomediastinum and right pneumothorax. with complete upper lobe and partial lower lobe collapse.

Pneumomediastinum tracking into the retrocural space.

No other fracture.

No great vessel injury noted.

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Case information

rID: 19354
Published: 31st Aug 2012
Last edited: 14th Aug 2019
System: Chest
Inclusion in quiz mode: Included

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