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Keywords:

  • Head and neck;
  • torture;
  • methods of torture;
  • trauma

Abstract

Objectives/Hypothesis:

To increase awareness of torture among otolaryngologists, and to describe methods and complications of head and neck torture.

Study Design:

Retrospective review.

Methods:

Five cases of survivors of torture were evaluated in an otolaryngology practice in an urban hospital setting.

Results:

The subjects presented with widely variable symptoms and physical manifestations related to the head and neck as a result of torture, in addition to psychiatric disease. Documentation of head and neck findings were essential to the asylum claim.

Conclusions:

Otolaryngologists serving immigrant and refugee populations must be familiar with methods and manifestations of torture involving the head and neck. Laryngoscope, 2010