J Korean Soc Radiol.  2018 Mar;78(3):220-223. 10.3348/jksr.2018.78.3.220.

Deep Neck Infection Complicated by Isolated Submandibular Gland Fracture Due to Blunt Trauma: A Case Report

  • 1Department of Radiology, Chosun University Hosptal, Chosun University College of Medicine, Gwangju, Korea. waveys1@hanmail.net


Isolated blunt traumatic injury to the submandibular gland is very rare. In the previous case reports, most patients with isolated submandibular gland injury had a good prognosis without any major complication. We report here a case of deep neck infection due to traumatic isolated submandibular gland fracture with computed tomogrphy findings.

MeSH Terms

Bacterial Infections
Submandibular Gland*
Tomography, X-Ray Computed


  • Fig. 1. A 75-year-old man with deep neck infection, complicated by isolated submandibular gland fracture due to blunt trauma. A, B. Enhanced CT axial (A) and coronal (B) images of the neck demonstrate branching low-attenuation line of parenchymal laceration in the left submandibular gland with fluid collection in both anterior neck areas. C, D. Follow-up enhanced CT axial (C) and coronal (D) images reveal increased amount of fluid collection in both anterior neck areas with thickening and enhancement of the platysma and deep neck fascia. E. Surgical specimen demonstrates central parenchymal disruption in the left submandibular gland. CT = computed tomogrphy



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