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Rapidly Progressive Extensive Subcutaneous Emphysema Associated With an Implantable Intratracheal Oxygen Catheter

Griffith M. Blackmon; Martin C. Johnson, II; Elizabeth Plotkin
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Affiliations: From the Division of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine, University of Washington, Seattle,  From the Department of Medicine, University of Washington, Seattle

Affiliations: From the Division of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine, University of Washington, Seattle,  From the Department of Medicine, University of Washington, Seattle


1998 by the American College of Chest Physicians


Chest. 1998;113(3):834-836. doi:10.1378/chest.113.3.834
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Abstract

Localized subcutaneous emphysema is a recognized complication of transtracheal oxygen catheters. It usually occurs in the immediate postoperative period or in association with catheter tip migration. This is a case of rapidly progressive, extensive subcutaneous emphysema apparently resulting from paroxysms of coughing in a patient with a normally functioning implanted intratracheal oxygen catheter several weeks after placement.


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