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VOLUME 14 , ISSUE 2 ( April, 2010 ) > List of Articles

CASE REPORT

Spontaneous pnemomedastinum in acute severe asthma

N.M. Aleemuddin, Farah Bahmed

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

Citation Information : Aleemuddin N, 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: 01-04-2010

Copyright Statement:  Copyright © 2010; Jaypee Brothers Medical Publishers (P) Ltd.


Abstract

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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