Laryngeal trauma is a relatively uncommon occurrence and is often difficult to diagnose, especially in light of other more obvious, distracting injuries. A large study investigating nearly 35 000 trauma victims reported only 12 cases of laryngotracheal trauma.1 A missed diagnosis, however, can be costly because injury to the larynx, if not identified and treated in a timely manner, may lead to death in a short period of time.
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