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September 29, 2009

USC Stafon Johnson Crushes His Voicebox & Undergoes Emergency Surgery

News organizations including ABC News reported on Sept 28, 2009 that USC tailback, Stafon Johnson, was bench-pressing a 275 pound bar when it slipped and landed on his neck crushing his voicebox resulting in emergency surgery at California Hospital Medical Center. Read the story here.

An endoscopic exam of his voicebox at time of injury may have looked something like this picture shown here, but more severe.


Most likely a trach was performed for a secure airway after reconstruction. After recovery, he is at risk for vocal cord paralysis, stenosis, etc.

Click here to read the full story.
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Fauquier ENT

Dr. Christopher Chang is a private practice otolaryngology, head & neck surgeon specializing in the treatment of problems related to the ear, nose, and throat. Located in Warrenton, VA about 45 minutes west of Washington DC, he also provides inhalant allergy testing/treatment, hearing tests, and dispenses hearing aids. Google+ Christopher Chang, MD Bio

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