J Korean Assoc Maxillofac Plast Reconstr Surg.  2001 Sep;23(5):447-451.

Penetrating injury of face and neck with the vertebral artery injury: a case report

  • 1Department of Oral & Maxillofacial surgery, Pundang CHA Hospital, Pochun CHA Medical College.
  • 2Department of Neurosurgery, Pundang CHA Hospital, Pochun CHA Medical College.


With the exception of gun shot wound, the incidence of penetrating injury of face and neck areas nonorganic foreign bodies is relative low. But the diagnostic evaluation and therapeutic management of penetrating facial wounds need careful decision, when the anatomic proximity of the major vessels and nerve is considered. Penetrating facial trauma with concomitant vascular injury present challenging problems, the immediate complication of this vascular injury are severe bleeding, hematoma formation, shock, obstruction of airway. The vascular injury is conformed by angiography. In this report, a industrial tool(long tack) fired by explosive air is penetrated into face and to neck. In angiograms penetrating injury of the vertebral artery is detected. We performed the embolization of the vertebral artery with coils and manual removal of the foreign body without any complication was followed.


penetrating injury; vertebral artery; angiogram
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