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Emerg Med Clin North Am. 2007 Aug;25(3):679-94, viii.

Evaluation and management of neck trauma.

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Department of Emergency Medicine, Boston Medical Center, Boston University School of Medicine, One Boston Medical Center Place, Boston, MA 02118, USA. nrathlev@bu.edu

Abstract

Blunt and penetrating trauma to the neck can result in life-threatening injuries that demand immediate attention and intervention on the part of the emergency physician and trauma surgeon. This article provides a literature-based update of the evaluation and management of injuries to aerodigestive and vascular organs of the neck. A brief review of cervical spine injuries related to penetrating neck trauma is also included. Airway injuries challenge even the most skilled practitioners; familiarity with multiple approaches to securing a definitive airway is required because success is not guaranteed with any single technique.

PMID:
17826212
DOI:
10.1016/j.emc.2007.06.006
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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