Unusual presentation of spontaneous pneumomediastinum: a case report
© Qureshi and Tilyard; licensee BioMed Central Ltd. 2008
Received: 22 October 2008
Accepted: 24 November 2008
Published: 24 November 2008
The diagnosis of spontaneous pneumomediastinum in an acute hospital setting can present as a challenge. We present a case of 32 year Caucasian male with gradual swelling of his face and neck with increasing hoarseness of voice. He was treated for anaphylaxis with little improvement. He underwent a video-assisted thoracoscopic surgery procedure (VATS) with a definite diagnosis of sub pleural bleb.
Spontaneous pneumomediastinum is an uncommon benign condition, which should be diagnosed with the high degree of suspicion .
We present a 34 year old Caucasian male, who worked as a plumber. He was admitted for the third time in four weeks with gradual worsening of the swelling of his left eye, face and neck. He suffered with increasing hoarseness of voice on this occasion. He had no significant past medical and family history. He was a non smoker and drank alcohol socially. He was taking no regular medications.
He was treated on these presentations for anaphylaxis with little improvement. His earlier serial chest X rays and CT scan of the chest were uneventful. He had an uneventful recovery on previous occasions and eventually discharged home.
He underwent a video-assisted thoracoscopic surgery (VATS) procedure with a definite diagnosis of sub pleural bleb. There were no further untoward complications.
Spontaneous pneumomediastinum presents with non specific signs and symptoms but certain modern and less invasive techniques can be used to aid early diagnosis . Such advice would inform and support those specialists involved in managing this potentially serious condition.
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