Pharyngeal tear resulting from skiing injury

J Emerg Med. 1988 Nov-Dec;6(6):487-9. doi: 10.1016/0736-4679(88)90405-2.


Severe trauma may occur to the pharynx, larynx, and trachea as a result of blunt external forces. In the course of a downhill skiing accident, an 11-year-old male suffered a pharyngeal tear, with subsequent development of retropharyngeal air. A nonoperative approach resulted in an uneventful recovery from this unusual injury. The clinical presentation, diagnosis, and management of pharyngoesophageal trauma are discussed.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Athletic Injuries / etiology*
  • Child
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Pharynx / injuries*
  • Skiing*
  • Wounds, Nonpenetrating*