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March 1949

FRACTURES OF THE HYOID BONE: Presentation of Two Cases, with a Review of the Literature

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Arch Otolaryngol. 1949;49(3):266-274. doi:10.1001/archotol.1949.03760090025002

INCIDENCE  FRACTURE of the hyoid bone is a rare condition; however, it is probably not as rare as the number of cases reported in the literature would indicate. Some interest was manifested in regard to this condition around the close of the last century, but reports have been scanty in the recent literature. Two cases of fracture of the hyoid bone were observed in this hospital within a period of one month.Stimson1 in 1907 was able to collect 45 cases from the literature. He felt that in 2 of these the fracture was probably due to muscular action alone. In many of the cases the fracture resulted from judicial or suicidal hanging and were accompanied by fractures of the thyroid and cricoid cartilages. Doubt may be entertained in some of the cases, as they occurred before the advent of roentgenology, when diagnostic methods were of necessity crude.Even