Spinal pneumorrhachis

Br J Neurosurg. 2003 Feb;17(1):72-4. doi: 10.3109/02688690309177976.


The term pneumorrhachis refers to the presence of air in the spinal canal. There are only a few previously reported cases in the literature. A case of air within the cervical and lumbar subarachnoid spaces, and a second case of air within the cervical subarachnoid space due to traumatic pneumocephalus are presented in this study.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • Cervical Vertebrae
  • Emphysema / diagnostic imaging
  • Emphysema / etiology*
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Lumbar Vertebrae
  • Male
  • Pneumocephalus / diagnostic imaging
  • Pneumocephalus / etiology*
  • Skull Base / injuries
  • Skull Fractures / complications*
  • Spinal Canal*
  • Tomography, X-Ray Computed