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June 1962

Traumatic Rupture of Cervical Trachea

Arch Otolaryngol. 1962;75(6):525-529. doi:10.1001/archotol.1962.00740040540008

With the modern-day accent on speed and more speed, we should expect to see an increase in the number of cases of traumatic rupture of the cervical trachea. Searching the literature, one finds it to be rather uncommon, but we cannot place it in the "rare" category. As with other conditions and injuries, it may be more frequent than we can judge from the number of cases reported. Zeuch,1 in 1922, was the first to review the literature on this subject. He was able to collect 53 case reports and added 1 of his own. It is notable that none of the authors anywhere in the literature had a very large series of cases. Thus none can claim to be an authority, and, consequently, there is no stereotyped method of handling these cases.

Etiology  Most of these injuries seem to occur in males; and even young children, with their