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Respir Med Case Rep. 2017 Dec 11;23:63-65. doi: 10.1016/j.rmcr.2017.12.004. eCollection 2018.

Hamman's syndrome (spontaneous pneumomediastinum presenting as subcutaneous emphysema): A rare case of the emergency department and review of the literature.

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1
Department of Cardiothoracic Surgery, "Iaso" General Hospital of Athens, Athens, Greece.
2
Department of Pneumonology, 401 General Military Hospital of Athens, Athens, Greece.
3
Department of Cardiothoracic and Vascular Surgery, Westpfalz Klinikum, Academic Educational Hospital, Heidelberg University and Mainz University, Kaiserslautern, Germany.
4
Department of Cardiothoracic Surgery, Patra's Medical School, University of Patra, Patra, Greece.
5
Division of Pulmonology, Department of Clinical Therapeutics, National and Kapodistrian University of Athens School of Medicine, Alexandra Hospital, Athens, Greece.
6
Department of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine, Changhai Hospital, Second Military Medical University, Shanghai, China.
7
Surgery Department, Interbalkan European Medical Center, Thessaloniki, Greece.
8
1st University Surgery Department, University General Hospital of Alexandroupolis, Democritus University of Alexandroupolis, Alexandroupolis, Greece.
9
Anatomy Department, Democritus University of Alexandroupolis, Alexandroupolis, Greece.
10
Pulmonary Department, "G. Papanikolaou" General Hospital, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece.
11
Pulmonary Department-Oncology Unit, "Theageneio" Cancer Hospital, Thessaloniki, Greece.

Abstract

Pneumomediastinum is a rare clinical entity that concerns the clinicians in the emergency department. We present a case of a patient with spontaneous pneumomediastinum (Hamman's syndrome) that presented to our hospital's emergency department with cervical subcutaneous emphysema. A conservative treatment with observation was performed. The patient after 24 hours of observation was discharged with a suggested follow-up.

KEYWORDS:

Dyspnea; Emphysema; Hamman's syndrome; Pneumomediastinum

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