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J Trauma Nurs. 2007 Jan-Mar;14(1):12-6; quiz 17-8.

Penetrating neck injuries in children.

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Geisinger Health System, Danville, PA 17822, USA.


Penetrating neck injuries are uncommon in children, and when they do occur, they can be a challenge to manage. Injuries can be cardiovascular, aerodigestive, and neurovascular. In the past, injuries were explored surgically to evaluate the extent of the injury; studies are now showing that observation and less invasive studies have a positive outcome for the patient. Immediate surgical intervention remains mandatory for the clinically unstable patient, whereas stable patients have studies done that pertain to their signs and symptoms, thus having a conservative nonoperative approach to care.

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