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VOLUME 11 , ISSUE 3 ( July, 2007 ) > List of Articles


An unusual case of penetrating tracheal (\"Cut throat\") injury due to chain snatching: The ideal airway management

Sengoda Gounder Venkatachalam, D.A. Palaniswamy Selvaraj, Muthukumaran Rangarajan, Kumarasami Mani, Chinnusamy Palanivelu

Keywords : Penetrating tracheal injury, orotracheal intubation, tracheostomy

Citation Information : Venkatachalam SG, Palaniswamy Selvaraj D, Rangarajan M, Mani K, Palanivelu C. An unusual case of penetrating tracheal (\"Cut throat\") injury due to chain snatching: The ideal airway management. Indian J Crit Care Med 2007; 11 (3):151-154.

DOI: 10.4103/0972-5229.35359

License: CC BY-ND 3.0

Published Online: 01-04-2011

Copyright Statement:  Copyright © 2007; The Author(s).


Background: Traumatic airway injuries are fortunately rare. Though injuries can be obvious and initial management straightforward, the diagnosis can be difficult. We present a case of penetrating cervical tracheal injury due to ′chain snatching′ in a young female. Case Report: The young female patient presented in the Emergency Department with a bleeding neck wound. Orotracheal intubation was done after resuscitation, revealing a transected trachea. There was no injury to major vessels or nerves, so the wound was debrided and closed in layers and a tracheostomy tube was placed through the transected trachea. Postoperatively, the patient was ventilated for 72h, after which she completely recovered. Discussion: Initial management can be complicated by associated head, neck and thoracic injuries. Orotracheal intubation or tracheostomy through the tracheal wound is the ideal way to manage these cases. Surgical repair of the trachea is not always necessary. Mortality rates and the incidence of late complications remain high and have been related to delays in diagnosis and definitive treatment.

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