Traumatic fracture of the cricoid cartilage: Description of a case and review of the literature

Mario Carletti, S. Martegani, M. Masola, S. Luoni, S. Mazzoni, G. Spriano, A. Macchi, M. Maffioli

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Laryngeal traumas may be very serious. If they are not recognised and promptly treated, in fact, even fatal complications may arise. This paper reviews the relevant literature and describes a case of cricoid cartilage fracture that occurred during a basketball game when a player was stuck on the larynx by a team-mate's elbow. Examination of the larynx with a fibroscope by the club's doctor did not disclose any glottal injuries, nor loss of motility. Computerized tomography (CT), however, revealed a cricoid fracture. This was repaired surgically three days after the trauma. No general or local complications ensued. After one month, the player resumed match training under medical supervision with no respiratory problems and took part in his first game after 45 days.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)173-176
Number of pages4
JournalEuropean Journal of Sports Traumatology and Related Research
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2001


  • Cricoid
  • Fracture
  • Larynx
  • Trauma

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery
  • Orthopedics and Sports Medicine
  • Physical Therapy, Sports Therapy and Rehabilitation


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