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Spontaneous pnemomedastinum in acute severe asthma

Aleemuddin Naved, Farah Bahmed

Keywords : Spontaneous pneumomedastinum, cervical medastinotomy, tracheostomy, 100% oxygen, Hammans sign

Citation Information : Naved A, Bahmed F. Spontaneous pnemomedastinum in acute severe asthma. Indian J Crit Care Med 2010; 14 (2):92-94.

DOI: 10.4103/0972-5229.68224

License: CC BY-ND 3.0

Published Online: 01-06-2017

Copyright Statement:  Copyright © 2010; The Author(s).


Spontaneous medastinal emphysema, as a complication of acute severe asthma, is an uncommon entity. It usually runs a benign course and resolves spontaneously without any surgical intervention. Recognition of this complication is critical, as it has to be differentiated from other life threatening ones including oesophageal rupture, Boerhave′s syndrome, acute coronary syndrome and pulmonary embolism. This case is being presented to emphasize its recognition in the differential diagnosis of complications arising from acute severe asthma and to present its management strategy in detail.

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