Korean J Leg Med.  2009 Nov;33(2):136-138.

Hypopharyngeal Perforation Associated with Traffic Accident

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  • 1Institute of Forensic Medicine, Pusan National University School of Medicine, Yangsan, Korea. nisi27947011@empas.com

Abstract

Hypopharyngeal perforation associated with traffic accident is a rare occurrence, which can cause serious morbidity and mortality if not diagnosed and treated early. We report an autopsy case of hypopharyngeal perforation following a traffic accident. A 32-year-old man hits his chin when his car hits highway guardrail. He complained continuous neck pain and died 5 days after the accident. Autopsy was performed, and death was due to undiagnosed retropharyngeal abscess with sepsis.

Keyword

hypopharynx; perforation; traffic accident

MeSH Terms

Accidents, Traffic
Adult
Autopsy
Chin
Humans
Hypopharynx
Neck Pain
Retropharyngeal Abscess
Sepsis
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