Internal jugular vein thrombosis in a child due to a 'pencil point injury' of the palate

Daniel M. Kaplan*, Dan M. Fliss, Yohanan Peiser, David Greenberg, Alberto Leiberman

*Corresponding author for this work

Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

23 Scopus citations


Penetrating trauma of the soft and hard palate are common in children and have been termed 'pencil point injuries.' Although such injuries are usually minor, the English literature has reported over 25 cases complicated by thrombosis of the internal carotid artery. We describe an unusual case of a 6 year old girl who presented with fever, cervical swelling and torticollis, following a pencil point injury. Physical examination and CT scan confirmed the diagnosis of internal jugular vein thrombosis (IJVT). The management of pencil point injuries and IJVT in children is reviewed and the possible mechanisms of IJVT in the case described here, are discussed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)183-187
Number of pages5
JournalInternational Journal of Pediatric Otorhinolaryngology
Issue number2
StatePublished - 10 Jul 1998
Externally publishedYes


  • Internal jugular vein thrombosis
  • Palate
  • Penetrating injury
  • Torticollis


Dive into the research topics of 'Internal jugular vein thrombosis in a child due to a 'pencil point injury' of the palate'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this