Heather Borders, MD
over 6 years ago
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Joseph Junewick, MD FACR
|Diagnostic Category: Trauma
|Created: over 7 years ago
|Updated: over 7 years ago
9 year old hit with lacrosse stick.
CT – Fracture of the anterior right lateral and posterior left lateral aspects of the cricoid cartilage. The airway remains patent; normal vascular enhancement.
The signet ring shaped cricoid cartilage lies inferior to the laminae of the thyroid cartilage. Laryngeal trauma is uncommon and usually the result of motor vehicle accidents (hyperextended neck hitting the steering wheel, dashboard or back of the front seat) or clothes-line injury and less commonly penetrating injury, hanging or strangulation. Clinical signs include hoarseness, stridor, pain, crepitus and airway difficulty. CT is excellent for laryngeal evaluation.
John Quick MD