Trans-oral penetrating trauma to the neck: the innocuous pen cap and the value of CT Scan

  • M Nathie University of the Witwatersrand
  • S Maharaj University of the Witwatersrand
Keywords: Trans-oral penetrating injury, deep neck space, pen cap, Computer Tomography

Abstract

A significant number of otorhinolaryngological emergency visits are caused by foreign bodies, and occasionally they can result in life-threatening injury. This report highlights the value of neck CT in the evaluation of suspected radiolucent foreign bodies penetrating the neck from the oral cavity. This guided the surgical approach to remove the foreign body safely without complication.

Author Biographies

M Nathie, University of the Witwatersrand

University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa

S Maharaj, University of the Witwatersrand

Department of Otorhinolaryngology, University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa

Published
2019-06-27
How to Cite
Nathie, M., & Maharaj, S. (2019). Trans-oral penetrating trauma to the neck: the innocuous pen cap and the value of CT Scan. South African Journal of Surgery, 57(3), 59. Retrieved from http://sajs.redbricklibrary.com/index.php/sajs/article/view/2912
Section
Online Articles