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Pneumomediastinum following penetrating oral trauma.

Authors
  • McHugh, T P
Type
Published Article
Journal
Pediatric Emergency Care
Publisher
Ovid Technologies (Wolters Kluwer) - Lippincott Williams & Wilkins
Publication Date
Jun 01, 1997
Volume
13
Issue
3
Pages
211–213
Identifiers
PMID: 9220508
Source
Medline
License
Unknown

Abstract

Pneumomediastinum can result from a puncture wound or laceration to the hypopharynx. This is a case report of an 18-month-old child who fell with a pen in his mouth. Initial physical examination was unremarkable, but the child developed neck swelling, fever, and irritability over the next 12 hours. Repeat examination revealed marked pneumomediastinum and subcutaneous emphysema. The pathophysiology and treatment of pneumomediastinum are reviewed.

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