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Vallecular Rupture With Cervical Spine Fracture After a Failed Hanging Suicide Attempt

Kwon, Joong Keun MD, PhD; Lee, Seong Rok MD; Lee, Ho Min MD; Lee, Jung Min MD; Lee, Jong Cheol MD, PhD

The American Journal of Forensic Medicine and Pathology: September 2013 - Volume 34 - Issue 3 - p 205–206
doi: 10.1097/PAF.0b013e318288b109
Case Reports

Hanging is a common method of suicide. We present a case of vallecular rupture and cervical spine fracture without an external wound after a failed hanging suicide attempt. Surgical treatment involved posterior fusion of C2 to 3, followed by repair of the vallecular rupture via an external approach. The patient recovered with no residual physical or mental sequelae.

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From the Department of Otorhinolaryngology, Ulsan University Hospital, University of Ulsan College of Medicine, Ulsan, Republic of Korea.

Manuscript received August 10, 2012; accepted January 17, 2013.

The authors report no conflict of interest.

The authors report no conflicts of interest.

Reprints: Jong Cheol Lee, MD, PhD, Department of Otorhinolaryngology, Ulsan University Hospital, Jeonha 1-dong, Dong-gu, Ulsan, 682-714 Republic of Korea. Email:

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