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Snap, crackle and pop: when sneezing leads to crackling in the neck

Summary

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
  • radiology

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