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subcutaneous air emphysema

Mohammad Saud Khan, Faisal Jamal, Zubair Khan, Abhinav Tiwari, Hermann Simo, Himani Sharma
Duodenal perforation is a rare but life-threatening complication of endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography (ERCP). Duodenal perforation can cause air leak into the extraperitoneal space. In rare instances, the air in the extraperitoneal space could dissect along the fascial planes of the abdomen to reach scrotum, leading to pneumoscrotum. We present the case of a 35-year-old male patient who developed scrotal pain and swelling following ERCP. He was found to have extensive pneumoscrotum, pneumoretroperitoneum, pneumomediastinum, and subcutaneous emphysema...
January 2018: Case Reports in Gastroenterology
Toshihiro Ikeda, Jun Nakano, Hiroyasu Yokomise
A 73-year-old man was injured after crashing his automobile into a concrete wall, and was admitted to our hospital with breathing difficulties. Chest computed tomography showed extensive mediastinal emphysema, right traumatic pneumothorax, and a suspected tracheal injury at the membranous region. Because of the associated tracheomalacia, the site of the tracheal injury was difficult to find by bronchoscopy. In addition, as the patient's respiratory condition was stable, surgical treatment was not chosen. Due to the continuous air leakage from the right lung, the patient underwent surgery after mediastinal and subcutaneous emphysema improved...
February 2018: Kyobu Geka. the Japanese Journal of Thoracic Surgery
Lynn De Roeck, Lauranne Van Assche, Veronique Verhoeven, Ina Vrints, Jana Van Thielen, Thierry Tondu, Filip Thiessen
OBJECTIVE: Subcutaneous emphysema can be an alarming sign of a necrotizing soft tissue infection. However, non-infectious etiologies exist that can be treated conservatively. This case report describes a subcutaneous emphysema of unknown origin and highlights the importance of distinguishing these clinical entities. METHODS: We present a 17-year old female with pain and subcutaneous emphysema of the left arm. There were no systemic symptoms. Inflammatory parameters were slightly elevated...
February 23, 2018: Acta Chirurgica Belgica
Francesco Guerrera, Pier Luigi Filosso, Cecilia Pompili, Stefania Olivetti, Matteo Roffinella, Andrea Imperatori, Alessandro Brunelli
Background: The presence of air leak following lung resection remains a frequent problem, which may prolong hospital stay and increase hospital costs. In the past, some studies documented the efficacy of soft and flexible chest tube in patients who underwent thoracic surgery. Nevertheless, safety in case of post-operative large air or liquid leak remains questionable. The objective of this study was to verify through a multicentre study the safety and the effectiveness of the coaxial chest tube in a consecutive series of selected patients who underwent anatomical pulmonary resection and with an active and large air leak...
2018: Journal of visualized surgery
Shilpa Ojha, Julian Gaskin
Spontaneous pneumomediastinum is the presence of free air within the mediastinum that is not associated with trauma. It is a rare, self-limiting condition that can cause widespread subcutaneous surgical emphysema. We present the case of a 12-year-old boy who presented with widespread spontaneous surgical emphysema and pneumomediastinum, with no history of trauma or respiratory tract disease. We discuss our assessment of him and management with our multidisciplinary team (MDT), and whether radiological investigations including CT are helpful in such cases...
February 11, 2018: BMJ Case Reports
Said Benlamkaddem, Mohamed Adnane Berdai, Smael Labib, Mustapha Harandou
Spontaneous pneumomediastinum is defined as free air or gas contained within the mediastinum, which almost invariably originates from the alveolar space or the conducting airways. It is rare in pediatric patients; however, occasional cases are reported to result from forced Valsalva's maneuver due to cough, emesis, a first attack of wheeze, or asthma exacerbations. We report the case of a 7-year-old previously healthy girl, with a history of persistent dry cough one day before, who was brought to our unit with face, neck and chest swelling...
February 7, 2018: Children
Florencio Quero-Valenzuela, Inmaculada Piedra-Fernández, María Martínez-Ceres, Pedro J Romero-Palacios, Abel Sánchez-Palencia, Antonio Cueto-Ladrón De Guevara, Pablo Torné-Poyatos
BACKGROUND: The purpose of this study was to assess the rate, cause, and factors associated with readmissions following pulmonary resection for lung cancer and their relationship with 90-day mortality. METHODS: A prospective cohort study was conducted of 379 patients who underwent surgery for lung cancer at the university hospitals Granada, Spain between 2012 and 2016. RESULTS: The rate of readmissions within 30 postoperative days was 6.2%...
January 22, 2018: Journal of Surgical Oncology
Chin-Chuan Hsu, Ping-Yuan Chen, Chih-Cheng Lai
The incidence of colon ischemia has increased in recent years, and is associated with high morbidity and mortality. The typical presentations of colon ischemia include abdominal pain, bloody diarrhea, and in severe case, ileus, fever and peritonitis. Here, we document a rare case of colon ischemia presenting with subcutaneous and intramuscular emphysema of the thigh. A 76-year-old woman presented to the emergency department for left thigh pain for three days. Physical examination revealed tenderness without obvious crepitus, erythema or swelling over the left groin area and a soft abdomen without tenderness...
December 6, 2017: American Journal of Emergency Medicine
Donglai Chen, Xiermaimaiti Kadeer, Zhe Shi, Yuxing Jin, Chang Chen
BACKGROUND: Postoperative prolonged air leaks is one of the most common complications secondary to pulmonary resections. Digital drainage system (DDS) is considered as an accurate and objective device which has been found to be comfortable and well tolerated by patients, economical as well. The aim of this study is to explore the application of DDS in patients with postoperative refractory prolonged air leaks after pulmonary surgery. METHODS: Prolonged air leak (PAL) is defined as air leaks lasting for more than 5 d after video-assisted surgery or more than 7 d after thoracotomy...
December 20, 2017: Zhongguo Fei Ai za Zhi, Chinese Journal of Lung Cancer
Ottavio Rena, Sara Parini, Esther Papalia, Fabio Massera, Davide Turello, Guido Baietto, Caterina Casadio
Background: Pleural drainage is required after pulmonary lobectomy to evacuate air-leak and fluid. We compared the performance of the new Redax® Coaxial Drain (CD) (Redax, Mirandola, Italy) with a standard chest tube (CT) in terms of fluid and air-leak evacuation. Methods: Fifty-two patients receiving a 24-F CD under water-seal after pulmonary lobectomy through open surgery or video-assisted thoracic surgery (VATS) were matched according to demographic, clinical and pathological variables with 104 patients receiving a 24-F CT...
September 2017: Journal of Thoracic Disease
Peter Juhl-Olsen, Rasmus Aagaard, Anni Nørgaard Jeppesen
Point-of-care ultrasound may elucidate reversible causes of cardiac arrest, and its use is supported by international guidelines in the periarrest setting. We present a case in which the treatment of cardiac arrest caused tension pneumothoraces and cardiac tamponade by pneumopericardium. Both pneumothorax and tamponade were expected to be identified with ultrasound, but were not. Subcutaneous emphysema precluded the diagnosis of pneumothorax. Cardiac imaging was false negative for tamponade, because the latter was caused by air and not fluid...
November 27, 2017: A & A Case Reports
Manal R Hafez, Eman Sm Sobh, Sawsan B Elsawy, Omaima I Abo-Elkheir
Aim: To evaluate (1) the usefulness of thoracic ultrasound in diagnosis and staging of bronchogenic carcinoma by comparing lesion detectability between thoracic- ultrasound and computed tomography and (2) the outcome of thoracic-ultrasound-guided biopsy in diagnosing bronchogenic carcinoma. Methods: We conducted a cross-sectional study on 53 patients of confirmed bronchogenic carcinoma. All patients had been investigated by thoracic-ultrasound and chest-computed tomography; data regarding the presence of mass (its size, necrosis), lymph nodes invasion, peritumoural atelectasis, consolidations, pleural effusion, chest wall invasion, and paralysis of the diaphragm were recorded...
November 2017: Ultrasound: Journal of the British Medical Ultrasound Society
Laryssa Patti, William Haussner, Grant Wei
Robotic assisted laparoscopic surgery is becoming more widely available, but despite its multiple benefits, it is not without risk. This case is of a 62-year-old female who presented to the emergency department for dyspnea two days after robotic assisted laparoscopic hysterectomy. Physical exam revealed diffuse facial, neck, upper extremity, torso, and lower extremity crepitus, which was diagnosed as diffuse subcutaneous air on computed tomography (CT). Imaging also revealed right apical pneumothorax and pneumomediastinum...
2017: Case Reports in Emergency Medicine
Tonatiuh Ramses Bedolla-Pulido, Martín Bedolla-Barajas
BACKGROUND: Spontaneous pneumomediastinum most relevant triggering events are cough, vomiting, nutritional problems, physical activity and use of inhaled drugs. Association of spontaneous pneumomediastinum with non-asthma-related bronchospasm is an infrequent event. CLINICAL CASE: This is the case of a 21-year-old woman without personal or family history of asthma, allergic rhinitis or atopy who during late puerperium had 39 °C fever, paroxysmal cough and chest oppression of sudden onset, as well as wheezing and subcutaneous emphysema of the neck; she had no previous nasal symptoms...
July 2017: Revista Alergia Mexico: Organo Oficial de la Sociedad Mexicana de Alergia e Inmunología, A.C
Yong Zhang, Yang Li, Ce Shi, Xiaomin Fu, Lingdi Zhao, Yongping Song
Angiotensin-(1-7) [Ang-(1-7)] has been shown to play a significant role in the pathogenesis of lung inflammation via Mas receptor; however, its effect in chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) remains unknown. To explore the effect of Ang-(1-7) on a cigarette smoke (CS) exposure-induced COPD model, 40 C57BL/6J mice were divided into four groups (n = 10) and exposed to air or CS for 8 weeks. After that, they were treated with saline or Ang-(1-7) at 0.3 mg/kg for 2 weeks by subcutaneous infusion using osmotic pump...
January 2018: Environmental Toxicology
E A Van Tubergen, D Tindle, G M Fox
Although rare, subcutaneous air emphysema can occur during dental procedures such as endodontic treatment, surgical extractions, and preparing a tooth for an indirect or direct dental restoration. We report the development of a subcutaneous air emphysema that was introduced through the periodontal ligament of an untreated premolar after the use of an air syringe to dry the tooth.
September 2017: Operative Dentistry
Thankappan Lekha, Leelakrishnan Venkatakrishnan, Karuppannasamy Divya, Perumal Lavanya
PURPOSE: To report a rare case of periorbital emphysema concurrent with cervicofacial and mediastinal emphysema in an elderly woman who underwent upper gastrointestinal endoscopy for chronic liver disease. CASE REPORT: An elderly woman with decompensated chronic liver disease presented with features of periorbital, facial, and mediastinal emphysema, characterized with crepitant swelling over the right periorbital area, face, neck, and mediastinum after undergoing upper gastrointestinal endoscopy...
July 2017: Journal of Ophthalmic & Vision Research
Daesung Lim, Soo Hoon Lee, Sang Bong Lee, TaeJin Park
BACKGROUND: The leading cause of surgical pneumoperitoneum is hollow viscus perforation, which accounts for approximately 90% of cases. A nonsurgical etiology may account for up to about 10% of the causes of pneumoperitoneum. However, a pneumoperitoneum often poses significant management dilemmas for surgeons, especially when signs of peritonitis are absent or when the cause is unknown prior to laparotomy. We present the first case of pneumoperitoneum due to inguinal laceration without viscus perforation after a traffic accident...
July 20, 2017: Journal of Emergency Medicine
Young Jin Park
As the use of compressed air in industrial work has increased, so has the risk of associated pneumatic injury from its improper use. However, damage of large intestine caused by compressed air is uncommon. Herein a case of pneumatic rupture of the rectum is described. The patient was admitted to the Emergency Room complaining of abdominal pain and distension. His colleague triggered a compressed air nozzle over his buttock. On arrival, vital signs were stable but physical examination revealed peritoneal irritation and marked distension of the abdomen...
July 2017: Annals of Surgical Treatment and Research
Serdar Özkan, Özgür Ömer Yıldız, İlker Ünlü, Nurettin Karaoğlanoğlu
Pneumorrhachis is a rare phenomenon which may be caused by trauma, intracraneal infection, pneumomediastinum or iatrogenic factors. Presence of air in the spinal canal is reported in most cases. In this article, we report a case with PR in the spinal canal without any neurological deficit, which developed secondary to subcutaneous emphysema.
2017: Respiratory Medicine Case Reports
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