Pneumorrhachis secondary to traumatic pneumomediastinum in a child

Pediatr Radiol. 2006 Jul;36(7):711-3. doi: 10.1007/s00247-006-0156-8. Epub 2006 Apr 25.


Pneumorrhachis (air within the spinal canal) is rare, and even more so in the paediatric population. We report a case in a 4-year-old boy that resolved spontaneously on treating the underlying traumatic pneumomediastinum, and discuss the causes, mechanism and implications of this condition.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Child, Preschool
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Mediastinal Emphysema / complications
  • Mediastinal Emphysema / diagnostic imaging*
  • Pneumocephalus / diagnostic imaging*
  • Pneumocephalus / etiology
  • Spinal Canal
  • Tomography, X-Ray Computed
  • Wounds, Penetrating / complications
  • Wounds, Penetrating / diagnostic imaging*