Korean J Otorhinolaryngol-Head Neck Surg.  2012 Mar;55(3):185-187. 10.3342/kjorl-hns.2012.55.3.185.

A Case of the Common Carotid Artery Penetrating Injury by Grass Cutter Fragment

  • 1Department of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery, Dong-A University College of Medicine, Busan, Korea. santa@dau.ac.kr


There are many vital structures in the neck, but they are not protected by bone. The neck is vulnerable to injury, and difficult to evaluate the extent of injury. Especially, penetrating neck wounds are potentially dangerous and require emergency treatment. A 56-year-old man with a penetrating neck injury by a grass cutter fragment was transferred from another hospital. There were no immediate life-threatening signs or symptoms. Carotid artery injury was suspected in the computed tomography scan. Emergent exploration was implemented by vascular surgery to remove the grass cutter fragment that had penetrated the left common carotid artery. We report a rare case of common carotid artery penetrating injury that was treated without any complications.


Neck injury; Pregnancy; Common carotid artery
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