The rarity of this complication in bronchial asthma is the occasion for the present report. One would think that the usual violent respiratory efforts combined with the pulmonary emphysematous condition of chronic asthma cases would produce the condition more frequently, but such is apparently not the case. Though I have handled several hundred asthma cases in the last few years, I have never seen or heard of cutaneous emphysema resulting from this cause, and so far as I am able to learn, there are no reports in American medical literature. The only foreign references I have been able to locate are British.1 Air infiltration of the subcutaneous tissues has, of course, long been known to accompany other pathologic changes of the respiratory tract.
REPORT OF CASE
G. S., a girl, aged 8, seen, Jan. 17, 1927, with Dr. R. E. Bowen of San Antonio, had had an attack of asthma that
Kahn IS. SUBCUTANEOUS EMPHYSEMA IN A CASE OF BRONCHIAL ASTHMA. JAMA. 1927;88(24):1883. doi:10.1001/jama.1927.92680500024011b