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Case Reports in Emergency Medicine
Volume 2013, Article ID 281307, 3 pages
Case Report

False Passage to the Trachea after Emergency Intubation in a Victim of Near Hanging

Department of Emergency Medicine, George Washington University Medical Center, 2120 L Street NW, Suite 450, Washington, DC 20037, USA

Received 31 March 2013; Accepted 23 April 2013

Academic Editors: W. D. Grant, J. D. Lin, W. Mauritz, and M. T. Ventura

Copyright © 2013 Ali Pourmand and Hamid Shokoohi. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


Emergency medicine physicians should have enough knowledge and experience to deal with emergent and traumatic difficult airway. In this paper, we present a case of near hanging with neck soft tissue injury, tracheal and esophageal rupture that is complicated by a displaced intubation and false passage to the trachea.