Penetrating neck injuries in children

J Trauma Nurs. Jan-Mar 2007;14(1):12-6; quiz 17-8. doi: 10.1097/01.JTN.0000264138.25642.63.


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.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Age Distribution
  • Angiography
  • Child, Preschool
  • Critical Care / methods
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Intensive Care Units, Pediatric
  • Male
  • Monitoring, Physiologic
  • Neck Injuries / complications
  • Neck Injuries / diagnosis*
  • Neck Injuries / epidemiology
  • Neck Injuries / therapy*
  • Nursing Assessment
  • Nursing Diagnosis
  • Pennsylvania / epidemiology
  • Sex Distribution
  • Tomography, X-Ray Computed
  • Treatment Outcome
  • Wounds, Penetrating / complications
  • Wounds, Penetrating / diagnosis*
  • Wounds, Penetrating / epidemiology
  • Wounds, Penetrating / therapy*