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CASE REPORT
Year : 2021  |  Volume : 23  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 50-54

The unpredictable pathway of foreign bodies in penetrating neck trauma: A case report and review of the literature


1 Department of Otolaryngology Head and Neck Surgery, King Fahad Hospital of the University, Imam Abdulrahman Bin Faisal University, Dammam, Saudi Arabia
2 Department of Surgery, King Fahad Military Medical Complex, Dammam, Saudi Arabia

Correspondence Address:
Dr. Sara Alquorain
Department of Otolaryngology Head and Neck Surgery, King Fahad Hospital of the University, Imam Abdulrahman Bin Faisal University, Dammam
Saudi Arabia
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None


DOI: 10.4103/SJOH.SJOH_7_20

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Saudi Arabia has the world's highest number of deaths due to road traffic accidents (RTAs). Penetrating neck trauma is a peculiar sequela of RTA, which may be complicated by the implantation of foreign bodies. Foreign bodies penetrating the neck have an unpredictable course, ranging from being completely asymptomatic to being fatal. We present an interesting case of penetrating neck trauma due to RTA that was complicated by implantation of sharp foreign bodies in the neck. These bodies migrated over time to penetrate major blood vessels. In this case, the authors discuss the current management of penetrating neck trauma and highlight the complications of residual foreign bodies in the neck and their management.


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