Turkish Neurosurgery 2012 , Vol 22 , Num 4
Retropharyngeal Hematoma Secondary to Whiplash Injury in Childhood: A Case Report
Hakan NURATA1, Muhammet Bahadır YILMAZ1, Alp Ozgun BORCEK1, Ali Yusuf ONER2, M. Kemali BAYKANER1
1Gazi University, Faculty of Medicine, Division of Pediatric Neurosurgery, Department of Neurosurgery, Ankara, Turkey
2Gazi University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Radiology, Ankara, Turkey
DOI : 10.5137/1019-5149.JTN.4011-10.0 Whiplash Associated Disorders (WAD) has been reported as an adult phenomenon. Whiplash injury has classically been described as a cervical soft tissue hyperextension- flexion injury after a trauma such as a rear end impact car crash, contact sport injuries, blows to the head from a falling object or a punch and shaken baby syndrome and is mostly seen in adults . It is important as it may cause severe disability due to spinal cord injury, decrease work productivity and even retropharyngeal hematoma resulting airway obstruction and mortality due to bleeding amongst deep cervical fascias. We describe a case of retropharyngeal hematoma after whiplash injury in a childhood. Keywords : Whiplash, Retropharyngeal hematoma, Pediatric trauma, Spinal trauma
Corresponding author : Muhammet Bahadır Yılmaz, mbahadiryilmaz@yahoo.com.tr