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Case Reports in Emergency Medicine
Volume 2013, Article ID 857131, 3 pages
Case Report

A Case of Traumatic Asphyxia due to Motorcycle Accident

1Department of General Surgery, Okmeydani Training and Research Hospital, Istanbul, Turkey
2Kanuni Training and Research Hospital, Department of Anesthesiology and Reanimation, 61290 Trabzon, Turkey
3Department of General Surgery, Akcaabat Hackali Baba State Hospital, Trabzon, Turkey

Received 13 February 2013; Accepted 17 March 2013

Academic Editors: L. Bojić, Y. Inoue, and F. Natale

Copyright © 2013 Sedat Kamali et al. 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.


Background. Perthe's syndrome (traumatic asphyxia) is rare, which is caused by sudden compressive chest trauma and characterized by subconjunctival hemorrhage, facial edema, craniocervical cyanosis, and petechiae on the upper chest and face and should always be kept in mind as a possible complication of injuries of the chest and abdomen. Case Report. In this case report a 36-years-old male patient brought to the emergency room due to thorax trauma related to motorcycle accident was discussed. Distinct cyanotic, edematous, and multiple petechiae were present on the face, neck, and upper thorax regions of the patient. Bilateral subconjunctival hemorrhage was determined. Conclusion. Treatment for traumatic asphyxia is supportive and patient recovery is related to the generally associated injuries. Prognosis of the patients is quite good with effective and timely treatment.