Pneumomediastinum - A Rare Benign Entity

Shanbhogue, VV and Vidyasagar, Sudha and Vivek, G and Varma, Muralidhar and Prashant, CK (2008) Pneumomediastinum - A Rare Benign Entity. Calicut Medical Journal, 6 (3 ). pp. 1-5.

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A 20-year-old male presented with mild acute exacerbation of bronchial asthma with retrosternal chest pain. On examination, apart from bilateral polyphonic wheezing, the patient had subcutaneous emphysema in the supraclavicular region and Hamman’s sign on auscultation. The suspicion of pneumomediastinum was confirmed by chest X-ray and computerized tomography scan (CT scan) of thorax. Patient made an uneventful recovery. Spontaneous pneumomediastinum should be suspected in young patients with a history of asthma presenting with chest pain. In most cases, the outcome is benign, but rarely, it can be life threatening that might require surgical intervention.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Bronchial asthma, Pneumomediastinum, Hamman’s sign
Subjects: Medicine > KMC Manipal > Medicine
Depositing User: KMC Manipal
Date Deposited: 28 Dec 2012 05:14
Last Modified: 17 Oct 2013 10:36

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