Alejandro Yanzon, Head and Neck Section, General Surgery Service, Hospital Italiano de Buenos Aires, Buenos Aires, Argentina Natalia Gomez, Head and Neck Section, General Surgery Service, Hospital Italiano de Buenos Aires, Buenos Aires, Argentina Luis A. Boccalatte, Head and Neck Section, General Surgery Service, Hospital Italiano de Buenos Aires, Buenos Aires, Argentina Juan José Larrañaga, Head and Neck Section, General Surgery Service, Hospital Italiano de Buenos Aires, Buenos Aires, Argentina Marcelo F. Figari, Head and Neck Section, General Surgery Service, Hospital Italiano de Buenos Aires, Buenos Aires, Argentina


The coronavirus disease-2019 (COVID-19) has spread globally and is considered a world health emergency. Healthcare professionals represent an important percentage of the infected population, with otolaryngologists and head and neck surgeons at particular risk. Elective procedures have been strongly discouraged, but urgent disorders still entail a hazardous setting. We performed a non-systematic review of the publications and guidelines regarding Head and Neck surgical emergencies management in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic. The literature describing management of the disease was also reviewed to adapt conventional treatment to the present circumstances. A concise and specific compilation of practical recommendations was made with the aim of improving management of emergencies involving the head and neck region, while offering a safe alternative for patients and healthcare providers. In addition, we have made a brief summary of how these recommendations were adapted based on our socio-economic background and available health resources.



Keywords: Head and neck. Revision. SARS-Cov-2. Emergencies. Surgery.