Fracture of larynx

A break, with or without displacement, of the thyroid or cricoid cartilage. Decades ago, a common source of larynx fractures was car accidents, with a person’s neck striking the steering wheel. In this age of protective airbags, the primary source is athletic injuries (e.g., an elbow to the neck while playing basketball). Many larynx fractures are treated conservatively, but occasionally they require repair.