The neck

John S. Oh*, Demetrios Demetriades

*Corresponding author for this work

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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 languageEnglish
Title of host publicationFront Line Surgery
Subtitle of host publicationA Practical Approach
PublisherSpringer International Publishing
Number of pages20
ISBN (Electronic)9783319567808
ISBN (Print)9783319567792
StatePublished - 21 Jul 2017
Externally publishedYes


  • Carotid artery
  • Common carotid artery
  • Esophagus
  • External carotid artery
  • Internal carotid artery
  • Internal jugular vein
  • Neck
  • Trachea
  • Trauma
  • Vertebral artery


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