Major vascular and aerodigestive structures pass through the neck with little or no protection from overlying bone, muscle, or soft tissue. This means an injury to the neck can result in loss of the airway from a tracheal injury, exsanguination from injury to a major blood vessel, or sepsis from a major pharyngeal or esophageal injury. It is also an area that most general surgeons infrequently operate on, so thorough preparation is the only way to make up for the lack of familiarity in an emergent case.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Title of host publication||Front Line Surgery|
|Subtitle of host publication||A Practical Approach|
|Publisher||Springer International Publishing|
|Number of pages||20|
|Publication status||Published - Jul 21 2017|
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