Spontaneous perforation of the pharynx is an unusual condition. Due to its non-specific presentation and general lack of awareness, diagnosis and intervention may be delayed resulting in potential complications. This case reports a rare spontaneous perforation of the pyriform sinus after a forceful sneeze, leading to cervical subcutaneous emphysema and pneumomediastinum.
- otolaryngology / ent
- emergency medicine
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Contributors WY and RSS: literature research and cowriter of the manuscript. SD: identified the case and cowriter of the manuscript.
Competing interests None declared.
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