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August 1976

Upper Airway Obstruction Induced by Warfarin Sodium

Author Affiliations
USAFrom the Division of Otolaryngology, Walter Reed Army Medical Center, Washington, DC.
Arch Otolaryngol. 1976;102(8):505-506. doi:10.1001/archotol.1976.00780130099015

• I report a patient in whom warfarin sodium induced upper airway obstruction secondary to a spontaneous nontraumatic hemorrhage into the sublingual space. Treatment of this obstructive sublingual space hematoma with conservative medical management is reviewed. I discuss the role of warfarin sodium in coagulation and in the production of this pseudo-Ludwig phenomenon.

(Arch Otolaryngol 102:505-506, 1976)