Subcutaneous emphysema often presents a management dilemma.
Rarely, subcutaneous emphysema has pathophysiologic consequences. More
often, it is extremely uncomfortable for the patient, and is often
disfiguring and alarming for patients and family. When subcutaneous
emphysema is severe, physicians may feel compelled to treat it, but the
currently described techniques are often invasive or ineffective. We
describe the use of an easily constructed, minimally invasive,
fenestrated catheter that relieves the symptoms of subcutaneous