Snap, crackle, pop - when a sneeze turned nasty

There's a moral to this story

Don't hold your nose and close your mouth when you sneeze, say the authors of a case study involving a young man who managed to rupture the back of his throat during this manoeuvre.

Lateral soft tissue neck radiograph with narrow window setting shows streaks of air in the retropharyngeal region (black arrow) and extensive surgical emphysema in the neck anterior to the trachea (white arrow).

Leaving him barely able to speak or swallow, and in