Cervico mediastinal emphysema due to oral blast

D. M. Fliss, M. Puterman, A. Leiberman

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Emphysema in the retropharyngeal space and mediastinum is usually caused by one of the three pathological conditions: 1. Infections due to gas-forming microorganisms such as mediastinitis. 2. Traumatic dusruption of cutaneous and mucosal barriers. 3. Spontaneous rupture of the pulmonary alveoli. This case report illustrates the direct propagation of air from a mucosal bucco-gingival tear through the submandibular, cervical, retropharyngeal and posterior mediastinal space caused by a sudden rise in the pressure of the air in the bucco-pharyngeal cavity.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)105-106
Number of pages2
JournalJournal of Laryngology and Otology
Issue number1
StatePublished - 1 Jan 1988
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Otorhinolaryngology


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