Lingual artery hematoma resulting in upper airway obstruction

J Emerg Med. 1991 Nov-Dec;9(6):421-4. doi: 10.1016/0736-4679(91)90212-x.


A case of upper airway obstruction from a lingual artery hematoma after suturing of a puncture wound to the tongue is reported. The anatomy of the tongue and upper airway is reviewed to better understand the mechanism of obstruction. The emergency physician should be aware of this rare and potentially lethal complication to what might initially seem to be a trivial injury.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Aged
  • Airway Obstruction / etiology*
  • Female
  • Hematoma / complications*
  • Humans
  • Tongue / injuries*