Epidural pneumatosis associated with spontaneous pneumomediastinum: case report and review of the literature

J Emerg Med. 1999 Mar-Apr;17(2):247-50. doi: 10.1016/s0736-4679(98)00162-0.


Epidural pneumatosis rarely has been reported in association with spontaneous pneumomediastinum. We report a case of an asymptomatic 24-year-old male who presented after forceful vomiting with both findings. The patient recovered uneventfully without residual signs or symptoms. We discuss spontaneous pneumomediastinum as well as epidural pneumatosis and review reported cases in the literature.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Epidural Space*
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Mediastinal Emphysema / diagnostic imaging
  • Mediastinal Emphysema / etiology*
  • Tomography, X-Ray Computed
  • Vomiting / complications*