Clinico-radiological correlates in rupture of the major airways.

  title={Clinico-radiological correlates in rupture of the major airways.},
  author={John David Spencer and Cynthia E. Rogers and Steve Westaby},
  journal={Clinical radiology},
  volume={43 6},
The plain film appearances of 17 patients with trauma to the major airways were reviewed and correlated with the findings at thoracotomy, bronchoscopy or post-mortem. Predictable radiographic patterns of air leak were discovered which related to the surgical anatomy of the rupture. Airway interruption was seen in two of three patients with laryngeal transection, all showing gross deep and superficial cervico-facial emphysema. Massive mediastinal and deep cervical emphysema without pneumothorax… CONTINUE READING