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June 1975

Subglottic Hemorrhage Following Translaryngeal Needle Aspiration: Report of a Case

Author Affiliations

From the Department of Otorhinolaryngology, School of Medicine, University of California, Davis.

Arch Otolaryngol. 1975;101(6):395-396. doi:10.1001/archotol.1975.00780350059016

A patient experienced an acute, brisk, endolaryngeal hemorrhage following an attempt at translaryngeal aspiration of tracheobronchial secretions. The bleeding was probably due to injury of the perforating branch of the cricothyroid artery or vein.

The hemorrhage was controlled by a subglottic pack and tracheostomy.