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Lingual artery hematoma resulting in upper airway obstruction.

Authors
  • Kattan, B
  • Snyder, H S
Type
Published Article
Journal
The Journal of emergency medicine
Publication Date
Jan 01, 1991
Volume
9
Issue
6
Pages
421–424
Identifiers
PMID: 1787287
Source
Medline
License
Unknown

Abstract

A case of upper airway obstruction from a lingual artery hematoma after suturing of a puncture wound to the tongue is reported. The anatomy of the tongue and upper airway is reviewed to better understand the mechanism of obstruction. The emergency physician should be aware of this rare and potentially lethal complication to what might initially seem to be a trivial injury.

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