To be fair, there are rare case reports that talk about carotid injuries that manifest more than 24 hours after the injury. They are very rare but do exist.
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The likelihood of a carotid injury following penetrating trauma to the soft palate is very low, suggesting that imaging may not be necessary in neurologically normal well-appearing children. However, there are no prospective studies on this topic.
Dr. Jones is assistant professor of pediatric emergency medicine at the University of Kentucky in Lexington.
Dr. Cantor is professor of emergency medicine and pediatrics, director of the pediatric emergency department, and medical director of the Central New York Poison Control Center at Upstate Medical University in Syracuse, New York.
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