Forceful sneeze: An uncommon cause of laryngeal fracture

Nir Tsur, Nimrod Amitai, Hagit Shoffel-Havakuk, Shlomi Abuhasira, Yaniv Hamzany

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Laryngeal fractures are generally induced by direct blunt or penetrating trauma to the neck. Coughing vigorously or sneezing forcefully is extremely rare causes of laryngeal fractures, with only 4 cases found after thorough literature search. Herein we present a case of a 34-year-old male presenting to the ENT emergency room with throat pain, odynophagia, dysphagia, and hoarseness. Following primary evaluation, through physical examination and imaging he was diagnosed with thyroid cartilage fracture and treated conservatively. The triad of odynophagia, dysphagia, and dysphonia after a severe episode of coughing or sneezing in a young adult male patient should prompt suspicion of a laryngeal fracture.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)742-743
Number of pages2
JournalRadiology Case Reports
Issue number3
StatePublished - Mar 2021


  • Coughing
  • Laryngeal fracture
  • Sneezing
  • Thyroid cartilage


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