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Thyroid Cartilage Fracture
In the event of a thyroid cartilage fracture with no displacement and no other damage, what is the usual treatment? Is there any need for surgery?
A fracture is a broken bone. As there is cartilage at the end of many bones at the joint, a fracture may also include a break in the cartilage. Fractures and broken bones are the same thing. It seems that many believe that a "fracture" is a lesser injury or an incomplete break in the bone, but this is not correct. Fractures may be displaced or ...Read more
I was diagnosed with a fractured thyroid cartlidge and a fractured hyroid in my throat back oct. How long does it take to heal and what about surgery?
Thyroid cartilage fx: If you have not been operated on by now, it probably would not work this far out. I presume an ear nose and throat doctor scoped you and determined that there were no laryngeal injuries. If so, there would have been an offer for surgery. If the fracture of the cartilage is non displaced, you do not have to fix it. Hyoid bone fractures are not repaired unless there is crepitus (sounds) with swallow. ...Read more
At what age would you expect the thyroid cartilage to fully ossify? Is it abnormal for this to have occurred by the age 44?
Thyroid cartilage: It does not usually ossify. It should not cause you any problem if your basic blood tests are normal. On another note, there are many treatments for depression, you should consider taking something for your hopelessness, as i feel you should not be hopeless ever. Dr m. ...Read more
Why is it when i turn my head that i feel like something moves on my right side. It dosnet hurt its just wierd coukd it beb something serious or just my thyroid cartilage?
Hard to tell: without examining you in person. The fact that you have discomfort while moving implies a musculoskeletal etiology. ...Read more
Generally nothing --: except pain meds and support bandage and to support the chest wall when coughing/sneezing, or doing any sudden movements to minimize the pain and discomfort. I would suggest you see your PCP or a surgeon to ensure you have no underlying injury to the Lungs, trachea, major vessels and the heart, diaphragm, have any associated injuries to other parts of the body. Good Luck. ...Read more
As a fx can be seen: On a xray and its healing can be appreciated over a period of time. The ligaments or cartilage injuries can not be appreciated so well. A bad (severe) ligament injury can be worse than a fx, as they can take 3-4 months. It can be quite frustrating for the pt and the physician, as healing can not be appreciated fully. ...Read more
My 2 year olds head hit me in the nose. I heard a crack noise, my nose hurts but it is not bleeding.you think it's fractured or did the cartilage pop?
Cartilage is a specialized type of tissue found in joints and areas that two bones come together. It is made up of specialized cells that live in the midst of proteins and sugars that absorb and release water similar to a sponge. Healthy cartilage helps decrease friction in joints, absorbs shock and protects the ends of the bone. Degradation of ...Read more
Is it broken or fractured is a question I am often asked. The answer is basically that a broken or fractured bone is the same thing. A fracture means a break in the cortex or the strong layer of outer bone cells. In an adult the average time for that to heal varies greatly but is often considered to ...Read more