volume 39, issue 1, P37-39 2011
DOI: 10.1016/j.jcms.2010.03.004
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Jeethendra Rao, Ahmed Messahel, Katie Grimes, Kevin Sanders

Abstract: We present a case of a penetrating foreign body to the neck, which was difficult to detect, causing partial epiglottic and laryngeal outlet airway obstruction, and subsequent intubation challenges. A systematic approach with rapid access to contrast enhanced CT scanning allowed successful airway and haemorrhage control, removal of a wooden stake from the patient's neck, initially undetected at primary and secondary assessments.