Penetrating pharyngeal injuries in children: Trivial trauma leading to devastating complications

Zubair Luqman, Muhammad Arif Mateen Khan, Zafar Nazir

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Pharyngeal perforations are uncommon in children and are usually secondary to instrumentation or external penetrating injuries. A delay in management can lead to life-threatening complications such as retropharyngeal abscess, mediastinitis, and airway compromise. We report three children who had pharyngeal perforation due to apparently innocuous injury and who developed serious complications. A high index of suspicion for a significant pharyngeal injury, use of lateral soft-tissue x-ray films of the neck, and flexible endoscopy in the emergency room can assist in early diagnosis when evaluating patients with oropharyngeal and penetrating neck injury. Prompt administration of broad-spectrum antibiotics, local drainage, and debridement can evert life-threatening complications.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)432-435
Number of pages4
JournalPediatric Surgery International
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2005


  • Child
  • Injuries
  • Neck
  • Pharynx
  • Wounds


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