22| Volume 50, SUPPLEMENT 1, S9, June 2012

Managing penetrating neck injuries—the Kings’ experience

      Background: Kings College Hospital is a level 1 trauma centre, based in a culturally diverse area where interpersonal violence and self inflected injuries are rife. In the maxillofacial directorate we see self inflicted injuries to the neck and those resulting from interpersonal violence which pose a diagnostic and definitive treatment challenge. Current practice dictates a CT angiogram for any penetrating neck injury (PNI) which breaches the platysma. We wish to review the efficacy of this management.
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