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Case Reports in Emergency Medicine
Volume 2015, Article ID 359814, 4 pages
Case Report

A Rare and Serious Syndrome That Requires Attention in Emergency Service: Traumatic Asphyxia

1Division of Thoracic Surgery, Dr. Nafiz Korez Sincan State Hospital, Ankara, Turkey
2Department of Thoracic Surgery, Ufuk University School of Medicine, Ankara, Turkey
3Division of Anesthesiology and Reanimation, Dr. Nafiz Korez Sincan State Hospital, Ankara, Turkey
4Department of Neurosurgery, Ufuk University School of Medicine, Ankara, Turkey
5Division of Thoracic Surgery, Ankara Numune Teaching and Research Hospital, Ankara, Turkey

Received 27 February 2015; Accepted 5 May 2015

Academic Editor: Ching H. Loh

Copyright © 2015 Gultekin Gulbahar 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.


Traumatic asphyxia is a rare syndrome caused by blunt thoracoabdominal trauma and characterized by cyanosis, edema, and subconjunctival and petechial hemorrhage on the face, neck, upper extremities, and the upper parts of the thorax. Traumatic asphyxia is usually diagnosed by history and inspection; however, the patient should be monitored more closely due to probable complications of thoracoabdominal injuries. Treatment is conservative, but the prognosis depends on the severity of the associated injuries. Herein we present a traumatic asphyxia due to an elevator accident in a 32-year-old male patient and discuss the diagnosis, treatment, and prognosis by reviewing the relevant literature.