Pneumothorax and subcutaneous emphysema secondary to blunt chest injury
© Porhomayon and Doerr; licensee Springer. 2011
Received: 9 April 2010
Accepted: 21 March 2011
Published: 21 March 2011
This is the case of a patient with a history of blunt chest trauma associated with subcutaneous emphysema and pneumothorax. The patient complained of inspiratory stridor on presentation. Anatomical relationships can explain the pathophysiological process.
A 49-year-old male presented to the trauma service 10 h after blunt chest injury. Initial presentation included respiratory failure with a respiratory rate of 26 beats per minute, a pulse rate of 110 beats per minute, and blood pressure of 150/80 mmHg. He complained of dysphonia and facial swelling.
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