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Pneumomediastinum secondary to isolated orbital floor fracture

Published in Journal of Craniofacial Surgery. 2011, vol. 22, no. 4, p. 1502-3
Abstract Pneumomediastinum (PM) secondary to an isolated orbital blow-out fracture is a rare but potentially severe and life-threatening complication. Fortunately, airway obstruction, pneumothorax, pneumopericardium, and mediastinitis are rare complications of PM. Blowing the nose after a maxillofacial trauma increases pressure in the paranasal sinuses, which may lead to emphysema through a breach of the lining mucosa to the surrounding soft tissues in the head, neck, and, on occasions, to the mediastinum. We report here the rare case of a patient with PM after isolated orbital fracture. Only 3 similar cases have been previously reported in the literature.
Keywords Accidental FallsEmphysema/etiologyFaceFacial Pain/etiologyFemaleFollow-Up StudiesHumansMediastinal Emphysema/etiologyMiddle AgedNeck/pathologyOrbital Fractures/complications/surgeryReconstructive Surgical Procedures/methodsSubcutaneous Emphysema/etiologySurgical MeshTitanium
PMID: 21778846
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Research group Groupe Scolozzi Paolo (chirurgie maxillo-faciale et buccale) (896)
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LORETAN, Stefan, SCOLOZZI, Paolo. Pneumomediastinum secondary to isolated orbital floor fracture. In: Journal of Craniofacial Surgery, 2011, vol. 22, n° 4, p. 1502-3. doi: 10.1097/SCS.0b013e31821d4c25 https://archive-ouverte.unige.ch/unige:24984

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