Kim et al reviewed patients with laryngeal fracture. The authors are from Gyeongsang National University and the Dongnam Institute of Radiological & Medical Sciences in Korea.

The patient presents with blunt or penetrating trauma to the anterior neck.


Fracture may affect the thyroid cartilage, cricoid cartilage, arytenoid cartilage and/or epiglottic cartilage.


Causes of laryngeal fracture:

(1) motor vehicle accident

(2) assault

(3) suicide attempt

(4) fall

(5) sports injury

(6) agricultural machinery accident

(7) other workplace accident


Clinical features:

(1) pain at trauma site

(2) odynophagia

(3) hoarseness, voice change or dysphonia

(4) hemoptysis

(5) subcutaneous emphysema

(6) airway compromise with respiratory distress



(1) poor voice quality

(2) esophageal laceration

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