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BMJ Case Rep. 2018 Jan 15;2018. pii: bcr-2016-218906. doi: 10.1136/bcr-2016-218906.

Snap, crackle and pop: when sneezing leads to crackling in the neck.

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ENT, Head and Neck Surgery, University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust, Leicester, UK.

Abstract

Spontaneous perforation of the pharynx is an unusual condition. Due to its non-specific presentation and general lack of awareness, diagnosis and intervention may be delayed resulting in potential complications. This case reports a rare spontaneous perforation of the pyriform sinus after a forceful sneeze, leading to cervical subcutaneous emphysema and pneumomediastinum.

KEYWORDS:

emergency medicine; otolaryngology / ent; radiology

PMID:
29335355
DOI:
10.1136/bcr-2016-218906
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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