Surgical emphysema - crumpled paper appearance

Case contributed by Dr Hazem M Almasarei


Patient underwent cholecystectomy.

Patient Data

Age: 50 years
Gender: Female

Abnormal lucencies in the lower chest and abdominal wall representing gas/air accumulation within the soft tissues resembling the crumpled paper. Features go with extensive soft tissue/subcutaneous or surgical emphysema.


Crumpled paper.

Case Discussion

Crumpled paper is a descriptive sign for subcutaneous/surgical emphysema.

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Case information

rID: 57137
Published: 9th Dec 2017
Last edited: 20th Apr 2020
Inclusion in quiz mode: Included
Institution: King Hussein Cancer Center