Tuberc Respir Dis > Volume 49(3); 2000 > Article
Tuberculosis and Respiratory Diseases 2000;49(3):372-375.
DOI:    Published online September 1, 2000.
A Case of spinal epidural emphysema complicating in patient with bronchial asthma.
Cheol Ho Lee, Hyung Joo Kwon, Young Woo Park, Moo Yeol Lee, Heung Sun Yu, In Seog Hwang, Jin Kwan Kim, Mi Young Kim, Sin Mi Jeong, Soon Chul Hwang
Spinal epidural emphysema is rare, and only a few cases have ever been reported. A 18 year-old man was admitted for neck and chest pain for 3 days. Before admission he experienced rhinorrhea and severe cough. Physical examination revealed wheezing on whole lung field and subcutaneous emphysema over the upper portion of the chest and neck. Chest radiograph showed pneumomediastinum ajdn subcutaneous emphysema in the neck and chest CT images demonstrate a free air in the prevertebral fascia. With coservative management, the patient's condition and the pneumomediastinum improved. The patient was discharged to home on the fourteenth day.
Key Words: Spinal epidural emphysema, Bronchial asthma, Pneumomediastinum

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