Hong Kong Med J 2006;12:152-3 | Number 2, April 2006
Spontaneous pneumomediastinum in a scuba river
HYS Cheung, S Law, KH Wong, KF Kwok, J Wong
Division of Esophageal Surgery, Department of Surgery, University of Hong Kong, Queen Mary Hospital, Pokfulam Road, Hong Kong
Pneumomediastinum usually occurs following an airleak from the lungs, or from a perforated oesophagus. We report on a 30-year-old man who developed pneumomediastinum after scuba diving. The patient presented with acute onset of throat pain, odynophagia, and hoarseness of voice. The literature is reviewed for this condition.
Key words: Diving; Pneumomediastinum, diagnostic; Radiography, thoracic; Sports medicine
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