A case of penetrating neck trauma in a child

Pediatr Emerg Care. 2012 Jan;28(1):49-51. doi: 10.1097/PEC.0b013e31823f256c.


Penetrating injuries to the neck are potentially devastating, and recommendations concerning their evaluation have generated extensive discussion over the years. In this article, we present the case of a 9-year-old girl who narrowly missed a serious vascular injury when she fell on a pencil. We also discuss the most current recommendations concerning management of zone II injuries to the neck of a pediatric patient.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Accidental Falls*
  • Carotid Artery Injuries / diagnostic imaging
  • Carotid Artery Injuries / etiology
  • Child
  • Female
  • Foreign Bodies / diagnostic imaging*
  • Foreign Bodies / surgery
  • Humans
  • Neck Injuries / diagnostic imaging
  • Neck Injuries / etiology*
  • Neck Injuries / surgery
  • Neck Muscles / injuries
  • Physical Examination
  • Practice Guidelines as Topic
  • Tomography, X-Ray Computed
  • Unnecessary Procedures
  • Wounds, Stab / diagnostic imaging
  • Wounds, Stab / etiology*
  • Wounds, Stab / surgery