Retropharyngeal Hematoma Secondary to Whiplash Injury in Childhood: A Case Report

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Nurata H., Yilmaz M. B., BÖRCEK A. Ö., ÖNER A. Y., Baykaner M. K.

TURKISH NEUROSURGERY, vol.22, no.4, pp.521-523, 2012 (SCI-Expanded) identifier identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 22 Issue: 4
  • Publication Date: 2012
  • Doi Number: 10.5137/1019-5149.jtn.4011-10.0
  • Journal Indexes: Science Citation Index Expanded (SCI-EXPANDED), Scopus, TR DİZİN (ULAKBİM)
  • Page Numbers: pp.521-523
  • Keywords: Whiplash, Retropharyngeal hematoma, Pediatric trauma, Spinal trauma
  • Gazi University Affiliated: Yes


Whiplash Associated Disorders (WAD) has been reported as an adult phenomenon. Whiplash injury has classically been described as a cervical soft tissue hyperextension- flexion injury after a trauma such as a rear end impact car crash, contact sport injuries, blows to the head from a falling object or a punch and shaken baby syndrome and is mostly seen in adults. It is important as it may cause severe disability due to spinal cord injury, decrease work productivity and even retropharyngeal hematoma resulting airway obstruction and mortality due to bleeding amongst deep cervical fascias. We describe a case of retropharyngeal hematoma after whiplash injury in a childhood.