Subcutaneous emphysema

Case contributed by M Sanal Kumar


Breathing difficulty following blunt trauma to the chest.

Patient Data

Age: 75 years
Gender: Female

Patient presented with breathing difficulty following trauma. Chest tubes where inserted following which she developed diffuse subcutaneous emphysema.

Case Discussion

The mechanism of development of subcutaneous emphysema or pneumomediastinum is attributed to Macklin effect:

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