Isolated cricoid fracture associated with blunt neck trauma

Emerg Med J. 2007 Jul;24(7):505-6. doi: 10.1136/emj.2007.048355.


A 32-year-old woman without a remarkable history presented at the emergency department with strangulation of the neck. CT scans of the neck revealed a displaced cricoid fracture. Six days after admission to hospital, hoarseness and dyspnoea disappeared. On the 10th day, the patient was discharged without complications. The traditional treatment guidelines for laryngeal trauma have recommended an early surgical intervention after immediate tracheotomy in cases of displaced fractures of the cricoid cartilage. The patient could be treated successfully through continuous monitoring of airway obstruction without surgical management.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Cricoid Cartilage / injuries*
  • Emergencies
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Neck Injuries / complications*
  • Neck Injuries / physiopathology
  • Wounds, Nonpenetrating / complications*
  • Wounds, Nonpenetrating / physiopathology