Subcutaneous emphysema of the neck in infancy: under-recognized presentation of child abuse

J Laryngol Otol. 2004 Jun;118(6):468-70. doi: 10.1258/002221504323219635.


Two cases of subcutaneous emphysema of the neck as a result of abuse in infancy are presented to add to the variety of findings associated with the maltreatment of infants. Pharyngeal perforations as a result of abuse are rare. These cases are presented as a reminder to the attending clinician that although most cases of subcutaneous emphysema may resolve without any complications a detailed examination for the cause should be performed and the history carefully verified.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Child Abuse / diagnosis*
  • Humans
  • Infant
  • Male
  • Neck Injuries / complications*
  • Pharynx / injuries
  • Subcutaneous Emphysema / etiology*