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April 1968

Lacerations of the Larynx

Author Affiliations

From the Department of Otolaryngology, Northwestern University School of Medicine, Chicago. Dr. Boyles is now in private practice in Dayton, Ohio.

Arch Otolaryngol. 1968;87(4):422-424. doi:10.1001/archotol.1968.00760060424017

SEVERE trauma to the larynx is fortunately an infrequent occurence. Regardless of this fact, there has been considerable attention given to this subject in the past several years. Many authors have given excellent reviews on the overall care of these patients and to the treatment of14 complications, both early and late, arising from these injuries. This paper discusses a specific type of laryngeal injury and describes a program of management for this type of injury that the author feels is both free of complication and avoids the usual morbidity associated with laryngeal trauma.

In general, injuries to the larynx and trachea from external trauma may be grouped into three types: (1) lacerations and stab wounds; (2) crushing injuries; (3) wounds with loss of substance by avulsion, gun-shot blast, etc. The advent of modern transportation with its associated accidents has greatly increased the number of injuries in the latter two

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