Thyroid cartilage fracture

Discussion:

Laryngeal trauma such as thyroid cartilage fracture is usually the result of blunt trauma, e.g. a punch, or strangulation as in this case. The fracture can be associated with significant edema and resultant airway compromise. The presumed mechanism of unconsciousness in this patient was hypoxia. As the patient was intubated at the time of CT, airway narrowing/edema was difficult to assess.

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