The man said he felt a "popping" sensation in his neck when it happened and then experienced excruciating pain and difficulty with swallowing and speech.
The man, a healthy 34-year-old in the United Kingdom, tried to stop a forceful sneeze by pinching his nose and closing his mouth.
Ear, nose and throat specialists looked for signs of external injury and ruled out the possibility that he had eaten something sharp, before establishing that a sneeze was the cause of his condition.
"However on unfortunate rare occasions it might lead to potentially serious complications", said Doctor Sudip Das, co-author of the report from the University Hospitals of Leicester National Health Service (NHS) Trust, in UK.
They say other possible complications include perforated eardrums and even rupture of a cerebral aneurysm, which can cause stroke.
A little later he found it extremely painful to swallow and nearly lost his voice.
When doctors examined him, they noted a crackling sound when they pressed down on the skin on both sides of his neck, and this sound extended down to his rib cage.
He didn't need surgery, but had to be fed through a tube for a week before he recovered. A peculiar case of a sniffle-gone-wrong has highlighted the dangers of stifling a sneeze.
A man in England ruptured the back of his throat when he tried to suppress a sneeze.
A case report published in the British Medical Journal details the unfortunate case of a 34-year-old gent who was successful in such an exercise.
Luckily the man turned out fine, after being given antibiotics to prevent infection and a feeding tube because there was a DAMN HOLE IN THIS THROAT, he was sent home a week later on a soft food diet. He remained in the hospital for seven days, until his symptoms nearly disappeared.
For most people, holding back a sneeze is unlikely to lead to this result. At his two month check-up, the patient appeared completely healthy.
The man was discharged after seven days, with a warning not to block both nostrils the next time he sneezed.