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October 1987

Spontaneous Cervical and Mediastinal Emphysema in Asthma

Author Affiliations

From the Head and Neck Division, Otolaryngology Department, and the Clinical Investigation Department, Naval Hospital, San Diego.

Arch Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 1987;113(10):1111-1112. doi:10.1001/archotol.1987.01860100089030

• 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)

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