Perforation of the pharynx caused by blunt external neck trauma

Eur Radiol. 1998;8(1):137-40. doi: 10.1007/s003300050354.


We present two cases of a rare entity: pharyngeal perforation caused by blunt external neck trauma. In both cases the patients were asymptomatic for the first 24 h and the results of laryngoscopic study were negative, and it was only possible to demonstrate rupture through the radiologic findings. Early diagnosis is essential as delay in treatment increases morbidity and mortality.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Accidents
  • Adult
  • Barium Sulfate
  • Contrast Media
  • Esophagus / diagnostic imaging
  • Follow-Up Studies
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Neck Injuries / complications
  • Neck Injuries / diagnostic imaging*
  • Pharynx / diagnostic imaging
  • Pharynx / injuries*
  • Rupture
  • Tomography, X-Ray Computed
  • Wounds, Nonpenetrating / complications
  • Wounds, Nonpenetrating / diagnostic imaging*


  • Contrast Media
  • Barium Sulfate