Entrapment of an air gun pellet between the thyroid cartilage and the lining mucosa in a patient with a penetrating neck injury: a case report
1 Tehran University of Medical Sciences, Rasool-e-akram Hospital, Tehran, Iran
2 Surgery ward, Tehran University of Medical Sciences, Rasoul-e-Akram Hospital, Sattarkhan Avenue, Tehran, Iran
Journal of Medical Case Reports 2012, 6:184 doi:10.1186/1752-1947-6-184Published: 3 July 2012
Air guns, either modern or traditional models, are powerful weapons that are capable of causing serious or life-threatening injuries.
Here, we present a case of an air gun pellet injury, with the pellet trapped between the thyroid cartilage and the lining mucosa of a 58-year-old Iranian man.
Entrapment of air gun pellet between thyroid cartilage and the lining mucosa, as presented in our case, may cause diagnostic challenges through the clinical presentation of slight odynophagia.