Cervical emphysema secondary to pneumomediastinum as a complication of childbirth

Hideki Nakagawa, Miwa Yamauchi, Toshiyuki Kusuyama, Hiroyuki Fukuda, Kaoru Ogawa

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Pneumomediastinum and cervical emphysema usually occur following esophageal or chest trauma. Rarely do they occur as a complication of childbirth, and only approximately 200 such cases have been reported in the literature worldwide. We describe a new case, and we review the clinical picture, pathophysiology, and management of these conditions. In view of the head and neck symptoms of pneumomediastinum and cervical emphysema during labor - which include dyspnea, cough, sore throat, pain on swallowing, and dysphagia - otolaryngologists might be consulted and should therefore be aware of these conditions in order to recognize and treat them.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)948-951
Number of pages4
JournalEar, Nose and Throat Journal
Issue number12
Publication statusPublished - 2003 Dec
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Otorhinolaryngology


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