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Journal of The Korean Society of Emergency Medicine 2016;27(3): 284-287.
A Case of Unknown Cause of Subcutaneous Emphysema Presented by Generalized Edema
Sam Beom Lee, Jong Ha Kim, Sin Youl Park, Byung Soo Do
Department of Emergency Medicine, Yeungnam University College of Medicine, Daegu, Korea
Correspondence  Sam Beom Lee ,Tel: 053) 620-3193, Fax: 053) 628-7106, Email: sblee@med.yu.ac.kr,
Received: April 5, 2016; Revised: April 7, 2016   Accepted: May 3, 2016.  Published online: June 30, 2016.
ABSTRACT
Subcutaneous emphysema and pneumomediastinum are commonly derived from trauma or injury of respiratory or gastrointestinal tracts, but occasionally the origin of air was not determined at evaluation. We report on a case of severe subcutaneous emphysema detected using simple X-ray films in the emergency department, which extended to almost all of the bodies, with a review of the literature.
Key words: Air, Origin, Pneumomediastinum
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