Traumatic subcutaneous emphysema, pneumomediastinum and pneumothorax

Case contributed by Dr David Cuete


Patient ejected from his motorcycle.

Patient Data

Age: 20
Gender: Male

Computed tomography shows bilateral pneumothorax secondary to multiple rib fractures and sternal fracture, pneumomediastinum, and a massive subcutaneous emphysema, which extends from the neck to left scrotal region

Case Discussion

This case illustrates severe but common injuries after blunt thoracic trauma. 

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