Bilateral haemorrhagic vocal cords with supraglottic bruising following blunt laryngeal trauma

Erin Sheikh, Siew Keh, Vamsidhar Vallamkondu, Imran Khan, Muhammad Shakeel (Lead / Corresponding author)

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    Isolated vocal cord haemorrhage secondary to blunt neck trauma is rare. It can lead to compromised airway in a patient with otherwise minimal clinical findings. The authors report a patient with traumatic haemorrhage in the supraglottis and vocal cords. A 24 years old Caucasian male presented with acute hoarseness, dysphagia, and a tender anterior neck swelling 3 hours after he was punched in his neck. There was no stridor or surgical emphysema. Flexible pharyngolaryngoscopy revealed no endolaryngeal mucosal tear but evidence of bleeding into his true vocal cords. The patient was successfully treated with dexamethasone, analgesia and voice rest. The patient refused to stay in hospital for overnight airway monitoring. The authors believe that all patients presenting with a blunt neck trauma should undergo laryngoscopy for assessment and monitoring of the airway.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)S235-S237
    Number of pages3
    JournalJournal of the College of Physicians and Surgeons Pakistan
    Issue number11 Suppl. 3
    Publication statusPublished - Nov 2014


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