Foreign body in neck
TASER barb stuck in neck. Is there injury to the trachea/larynx?
Neck soft tissue radiograph
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Barbed metallic foreign body representing a TASER dart in the prelaryngeal soft tissue. Specifically, directly anterior to the cricoid cartilage. No evidence of injury to deeper structures.
On the inverted image, a short portion of remnant wire is seen.
TASERs are increasingly - and controversially - used by security forces worldwide. This is notable in the UK, where the police are not routinely armed.
Usually the dart is targeted to, and lodges in, the torso. However there are many case reports of them ending up elsewhere, sometimes with tragic consequences 1. Fortunately in this case there was no deep soft tissue penetrating injury and, as far as I know, no local electrical injury.
Thanks to Dr Chris Carr, Consultant Radiologist, for sharing this case with me.