Post-traumatic tension pneumocephalus

Case contributed by Dr Ali Nourian


Head trauma with loss of consciousness

Patient Data

Age: 30 years
Gender: Male

Air occupies the subdural space between the tips of the frontal lobes (named as Mount Fuji sign), suggesting tension pneumocephalus.

Case Discussion

Tension pneumocephalus is a neurosurgical emergency that occurs when subdural air causes a mass-effect over the underlying brain parenchyma, often from a ball-valve mechanism with one-way entry of air into the subdural space.

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Case information

rID: 50591
Case created: 12th Jan 2017
Last edited: 13th Oct 2017
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