Retropharyngeal hematoma following fish-bone ingestion

D. Ophir, N. Bartal

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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.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)528-530
Number of pages3
JournalEar, Nose and Throat Journal
Issue number7
StatePublished - 1988
Externally publishedYes


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