A case of cricothyroidotomy for facial trauma in a patient taking antiplatelet agents after a simple ground-level fall

Tetsuya Yumoto, Tatsushi Matsumura, Kohei Tsukahara, Keiji Sato, Toyomu Ugawa, Yoshihito Ujike

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Introduction Cricothyroidotomy is an emergency procedure that can be used to secure the airway in situations in which intubation and ventilation are not possible. Presentation of case We describe a case of 79-year-old male presenting with facial trauma combined with massive upper airway bleeding and swelling in which cricothyroidotomy was required to open the airway in an elderly male patient taking antiplatelet agents who suffered a simple ground-level fall. Discussion Although emergency airway management is often required in patients with Le Fort fractures, mandibular condyle fractures exhibit a significant relationship with ground-level falls, which are not usually associated with emergency airway management. Prophylactic intubation should be considered prior to transfer or deterioration in a trauma patient with dual antiplatelet drugs and fractures of bilateral mandibular condyle. Conclusion Clinicians should be aware of the life-threatening injuries that can be caused by simple ground-level falls in patients taking antiplatelet agents.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)87-89
Number of pages3
JournalInternational Journal of Surgery Case Reports
Publication statusPublished - 2016



  • Antiplatelet drugs
  • Emergency airway
  • Geriatric trauma
  • Ground-level fall

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery

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