Pharyngoesophageal perforation after blunt neck trauma

Ann Thorac Surg. 1990 Oct;50(4):615-7. doi: 10.1016/0003-4975(90)90199-g.


Pharyngoesophageal perforation secondary to blunt neck trauma is an uncommon injury that can cause serious morbidity and mortality if not recognized and treated. Pharyngeal perforation secondary to blunt trauma sustained while boxing is reported. Review of the world literature found 10 cases of pharyngoesophageal perforation secondary to blunt neck trauma. Analysis of these cases indicates that perforations less than 2 cm and limited to the pharynx may be treated medically with close observation. Large perforations and those perforations that extend to the esophageal inlet or involve the esophagus exclusively are best treated surgically.

Publication types

  • Case Reports
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Boxing / injuries
  • Esophageal Perforation / etiology*
  • Esophageal Perforation / surgery
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Neck Injuries*
  • Pharynx / injuries*
  • Wounds, Nonpenetrating / complications*