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Acta Clin Belg. 2014 Apr;69(2):146-8. doi: 10.1179/0001551213Z.00000000019. Epub 2014 Mar 4.

Spontaneous pneumomediastinum and epidural pneumatosis after oral ecstasy consumption.


A 19-year-old man was admitted with acute dyspnoea. Physical examination revealed subcutaneous emphysema in the cervical and thoracic area. This was further confirmed by the total body computed tomography that also demonstrated mediastinal emphysema. Epidural pneumatosis of the thoracis spine was also evident. There was no history of trauma, but well of a recent oral ecstasy consumption during a techno rave party, associated with intense dancing and jumping. Clinical course was favourable with conservative therapy.


Ecstasy,; Epidural pneumatosis,; Physical exertion; Spontaneous pneumomediastinum,

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