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J Laryngol Otol. 2006 Jul;120(7):600-1.

High-pressure water jet injury to the pharynx, requiring intubation.

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  • 1Department of ENT Surgery, Directorate of Special Surgery, Doncaster Royal Infirmary (Associate Teaching Hospital of the University of Sheffield), Doncaster, UK.


We report a case of upper airway obstruction following high-pressure water jet injury to the pharynx incurred from a car wash jet. Injuries from high-pressure water jets are relatively rare and, to the best of our knowledge, airway obstruction as a result has not been reported. Since this unusual injury may be associated with life-threatening complications, it must be promptly recognized and treated.

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