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Retropharyngeal haematoma after blunt trauma
  1. Yamunah S Vakees,
  2. Kambiz Hashemi,
  3. Ramzi Freij
  1. Accident and Emergency Department, Mayday University Hospital, London Road, Thornton Heath, Surrey CR7 7YE
  1. Correspondence to: Mr Freij, Consultant (ramzi.freij{at}

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An 88 year old woman fell onto her Zimmer frame striking her chin. Six hours later she developed difficulty in breathing with a hoarse voice and neck swelling, at which time she presented to the accident and emergency department. On arrival she had stridor, a hoarse voice and a large diffuse neck swelling mainly on the left side. She underwent an urgent radiograph of the neck and computed tomography. The lateral radiograph of the neck revealed a large retropharyngeal soft tissue swelling (fig 1). …

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