Journal of Clinical Otolaryngology Head and Neck Surgery
The Busan, Ulsan, Gyeoungnam Branch of Korean Society of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery

후두 미세 수술 후 발생한 경부 피하기종 1예

이진1, 남우주1, 이용우1, 이상혁1, 진성민1,*
Jin Lee1, Woo Joo Nam1, Yong Woo Lee1, Sang Hyuk Lee1, Sung Min Jin1,*
1성균관대학교 의과대학 강북삼성병원 이비인후과학교실
1Department of Otorhinolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery, Kangbuk Samsung Hospital, Sungkyunkwan University School of Medicine, Seoul, Korea
*교신저자: 진성민, 03181 서울 종로구 새문안로29 성균관대학교 의과대학 강북삼성병원 이비인후과학교실 전화:(02) 2001-2266·전송 :(02) 2001-2273 E-mail:

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Received: Jan 04, 2018; Revised: Apr 26, 2018; Accepted: May 31, 2018

Published Online: May 31, 2020


Laryngomicrosurgery (LMS) has been commonly used for benign laryngeal lesion, especially in phonosurgery. LMS has relatively low incidence of complications. Some complications are related to the process of approaching laryngeal lesion, referred to as mechanical complication. Among these mechanical complications, cervical subcutaneous emphysema occurs rarely. Subcutaneous emphysema is the state of existence of gas or air in the layer under the skin. In most cases, it is self-limited, but it may sometimes extend to mediastinum and axilla. We present a case of cervical subcutaneous emphysema following laryngomicrosurgery in a 61-year old male who have the intracordal cyst. The day after surgery, we found right side cervical subcutaneous emphysema, and did conservative management. Two days after surgery, the symptom resolved and the patient was discharged from the hospital. We report this case regarding the diagnosis and treatment with review of literatures. (J Clinical Otolaryngol 2018;29:109-113)

Keywords: 후두 미세수술; 경부 피하기종; 합병증
Keywords: Laryngomicrosurgery (LMS); Subcutaneous emphysema; Neck; Complication