Retropharyngeal hematomas have been reported following deep neck infections, violent neck and body movements caused by coughing and vomiting or muscular exercise, laryngeal foreign bodies, trauma to great vessels in the neck, direct trauma to the neck, cervical spine fractures, and anticoagulant therapy. Spontaneous development of retropharyngeal hematoma has also been described. Because displacement of the posterior pharyngeal wall by blood may lead to airway obstruction, a retropharyngeal hematoma mandates immediate medical evaluation and treatment. We present a case of retropharyngeal hematoma that occurred following fish-bone ingestion, in which the onset of hematoma and subsequent airway compromise were insidious over a period of several hours.
|Number of pages||3|
|Journal||Ear, Nose and Throat Journal|
|State||Published - 1988|