Traumatic Pediatric Tracheal Rupture After Blunt Force Sporting Injury: Case Report and Review of the Literature

Ann Otol Rhinol Laryngol. 2022 Aug;131(8):923-927. doi: 10.1177/00034894211046707. Epub 2021 Sep 19.


Objective: This paper presents the case of a traumatic tracheal rupture in a pediatric patient. The body of literature of the clinical features, evaluation, and management of this uncommon presentation is discussed.

Case: A 13-year-old boy sustained an intrathoracic tracheal rupture whilst playing Australian Rules football. He developed hallmark clinical features of air extravasation and was intubated prior to transfer to a tertiary pediatric center for further management. After a short trial of conservative management, his respiratory status deteriorated and he was taken to the operating theater for open surgical repair of the defect.

Conclusion: Traumatic rupture of the trachea is a rare injury in children. This case demonstrates the dynamic nature of this serious injury and the need for multidisciplinary care in achieving the optimal outcome.

Keywords: blunt force injury; pediatric airway; pediatric airway surgery; pediatric trauma; trachea; tracheal rupture; tracheobronchial injury; trauma.

Publication types

  • Case Reports
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Australia
  • Child
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Rupture / etiology
  • Rupture / surgery
  • Trachea / surgery
  • Tracheal Diseases* / complications
  • Wounds, Nonpenetrating* / complications
  • Wounds, Nonpenetrating* / surgery