Hypopharyngeal perforation caused by blunt trauma during consensual fellatio: an expectant management approach

Edward Noon, Emma Stapleton

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Abstract

Perforation of the pharynx is a rare occurrence but has the potential to cause mediastinitis and has an attendant mortality risk. Though numerous mechanisms have been described, we report a unique case of a young woman who presented with a sore throat, odynophagia and subcutaneous emphysema, a short time after performing fellatio. A contrast swallow confirmed hypopharyngeal perforation. She was managed expectantly with nasogastric feeding and empirical antibiotics. The perforation took 4 weeks to heal, but there were no residual swallowing problems at 3-month follow-up. We will explore the incidence and causes of pharyngeal perforation and discuss the options for and risks of surgical repair. This case highlights that non-surgical management of such injuries can be both safe and feasible, and reinforces the importance of ensuring confidentiality and the need for vigilance regarding potential non-consensual injury.

Original languageEnglish
Article number242846
JournalBMJ Case Reports
Volume14
Issue number8
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 10 Aug 2021

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