Penetrating nontorso trauma: the head and the neck

Penetrating nontorso trauma: the head and the neck

Can J Surg 2015;58(4):284-285 | PDF

Chad G. Ball MD, MSc

Summary

Acute penetrating injuries to the head and neck cause considerable anxiety for most clinicians owing to concern for airway control and neurologic injury and to limited clinician experience in most centres. This article discusses an organized approach to the evaluation and initial treatment of penetrating injuries to the head and neck based on regional anatomy and clinical examination. The approach is particularly helpful in the context of ongoing hemorrhage and/or airway compromise.


Accepted for publication Mar. 4, 2015

Affiliations: From the Department of Surgery, University of Calgary, and the Foothills Medical Centre, Calgary, Alta.

Competing interests: None declared

DOI: 10.1503/cjs.012814

Correspondence to:C.G. Ball, Foothills Medical Centre, University of Calgary, 1403 – 29 St. NW, Calgary, AB, T2N 2T9; ball.chad@gmail.com