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June 2017

Conservative Treatment of Isolated Cricoid Cartilage Fractures From Blunt Trauma

Author Affiliations
  • 1Division of Otolaryngology–Head and Neck Surgery, University of Connecticut School of Medicine, Farmington
  • 2Department of Otolaryngology–Head and Neck Surgery, Lahey Hospital and Medical Center, Burlington, Massachusetts
JAMA Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 2017;143(6):633-634. doi:10.1001/jamaoto.2017.0075

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.