Spontaneous Pneumomediastinum and Emergency Surgery: A Case Report

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Title Spontaneous Pneumomediastinum and Emergency Surgery: A Case Report
Creator Laura Johnson
Subject Pneumomediastinum; mediastinal air; spontaneous ventilation; difficult airway; MSNA
Description Pneumomediastinum is a rare condition that is characterized as free air in the mediastinal space. It may develop spontaneously or as a result of traumatic injuries to the chest and neck.1 Anesthesia professionals must understand the distinction between the two etiologies and be prepared to manage potential complications prior to induction of anesthesia. Expanding a pneumomediastinum into a tension pneumothorax or cardiac tamponade requires a thorough discussion within the surgical team.1 Chest tube placement and pericardiocentesis must be anticipated.1 This case reports describes the anesthetic management of a patient presenting for emergency surgery with a pneumomediastinum of unknown origin.
Publisher Westminster College
Date 2014-12
Type Text; Image
Language eng
Rights Management Digital copyright 2014, Westminster College. All rights Reserved.
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Date Created 2015-04-11
Date Modified 2015-04-11
ID 1094108
Reference URL https://collections.lib.utah.edu/ark:/87278/s6ng7zss
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