Pneumomediastinum, an unusual complication of facial trauma

Ear Nose Throat J. 2005 May;84(5):298-301.


Pneumomediastinum is often an incidental finding following a blunt or penetrating trauma to the neck or chest. We report a rare case of pneumomediastinum following an isolated facial trauma that was diagnosed on imaging. We also review the clinical signs of this condition, its radiologic characteristics, and the 18 previously reported cases of pneumomediastinum following facial trauma.

Publication types

  • Case Reports
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Facial Injuries / complications*
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Maxillary Fractures / complications*
  • Maxillary Fractures / diagnostic imaging
  • Mediastinal Emphysema / diagnostic imaging
  • Mediastinal Emphysema / etiology*
  • Tomography, X-Ray Computed