Pharyngoesophageal perforations after blunt trauma to the neck

Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 1983 Dec;91(6):620-6. doi: 10.1177/019459988309100606.


The neck with cartilaginous framework left intact still requires a high index of suspicion of a pharyngoesophageal perforation after blunt trauma. If the diagnosis is missed and/or prompt surgical drainage of the perforation is delayed, increased morbidity from deep neck abscesses and/or death may result. This is the first reported series of pharyngoesophageal perforations that follow blunt trauma. On the basis of this clinical experience and the literature, I have formulated a treatment protocol for upper aerodigestive tract perforations secondary to blunt trauma.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Esophageal Perforation / diagnosis
  • Esophageal Perforation / etiology*
  • Esophageal Perforation / surgery
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Neck Injuries*
  • Pharynx / injuries*
  • Pharynx / surgery
  • Wounds, Nonpenetrating / complications*