Injuries to the upper airways are rare, but carry a significant morbidity and mortality. The degree of injury and presentation varies; thus recognition often requires a high index of suspicion based on mechanism. Effective management of laryngotracheal injuries begins with immediate control of the airway whether by orotracheal and surgical route. Definitive management of upper airway injuries relies on an understanding of the anatomy of the larynx, trachea and surrounding structures. Associated injuries are common and must be addressed concomitantly. Postoperative complications are frequent, requiring perioperative vigilance and long-term follow-up to ensure best outcome.
- laryngotracheal injury
- neck injury
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Pulmonary and Respiratory Medicine
- Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine