Post-traumatic upper airway obstruction secondary to a lingual artery hematoma

J Trauma. 1987 Aug;27(8):953-4. doi: 10.1097/00005373-198708000-00018.


An accident victim presented with maxillofacial trauma complicating a head injury. After the airway was secured by tracheostomy, surgical exploration revealed a lingual artery hematoma. This case illustrates the progressive airway occlusion seen with this disorder and the importance of repeated oral examinations.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Airway Obstruction / etiology*
  • Hematoma / complications*
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Maxillofacial Injuries / complications*
  • Tongue / blood supply*
  • Tongue / injuries
  • Tongue Diseases / complications
  • Tracheotomy