chapter  71
Contemporary management of laryngotracheal trauma
ByCarsten E. Palme, Malcolm A. Buchanan, Shruti Jyothi, Faruque Riffat, Ralph W. Gilbert, Patrick Gullane
Pages 14

INTRODUCTION The laryngotracheal region plays a pivotal role in providing the important functions of airway protection, swallow and phonation. Injury to structures in this region is diverse and rare. The complex anatomy of the larynx and cervical trachea means that if traumatic injury occurs, severe morbidity and mortality can result, therefore early, thorough assessment and management of these injuries are vital for achieving optimal patient outcomes. The aims of treatment are to maintain a safe airway and appropriate upper aerodigestive tract function in terms of both a safe swallow and voice.1