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Cardiothoracic Surgery: Student/Resident Case Report Poster - Cardiac and Thoracic Surgery |

Severe Subcutaneous Emphysema and Pneumomediastinum After a Molar Extraction: A Rare Case in Mexico

Diana Yepez-Ramos, MD; Walid Dajer-Fadel, MD; Serafín Ramírez-Castañeda, MD; Octavio Flores-Calderón, MD; Carlos Latorre-Dávila, MD; Rubén Argüero-Sánchez, MD
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General Hospital of Mexico Dr. Eduardo Liceaga, Mexico City, Mexico


Copyright 2016, American College of Chest Physicians. All Rights Reserved.


Chest. 2016;150(4_S):61A. doi:10.1016/j.chest.2016.08.068
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SESSION TITLE: Student/Resident Case Report Poster - Cardiac and Thoracic Surgery

SESSION TYPE: Student/Resident Case Report Poster

PRESENTED ON: Tuesday, October 25, 2016 at 01:30 PM - 02:30 PM

INTRODUCTION: Cervical emphysema with pneumomediastinum can be defined as the presence of subcutaneous air within the neck soft tissue and mediastinum. This clinical condition is reported to be caused by a high-speed air-turbine dental drill or other pressurized appliances used during dental procedures. Especially the ones involving the molar teeth; air can diffuse into the pterygomandibular region and lateral parapharyngeal spaces from the retromolar region extending into the mediastinum. 1, 2

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