• Patients with mediastinal emphysema and free air in the cervical region often present to an emergency medicine department, where an otolaryngologist–head and neck surgeon may be consulted for a surgical opinion. These occasions underscore the necessity that the disease be thoroughly understood and that conservative management be executed. Two patients with asthma, a 16-year-old boy and a 20-year-old man, were found on roentgenograms to have retropharyngeal free air and mediastinal emphysema. They were treated conservatively, and both recovered rapidly.
(Arch Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg 1987;113:1111-1112)
Harley EH. Spontaneous Cervical and Mediastinal Emphysema in Asthma. Arch Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 1987;113(10):1111–1112. doi:10.1001/archotol.1987.01860100089030
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