Extensive subcutaneous emphysema, pneumomediastinum, and pneumorrhachis following third molar surgery

Int J Oral Maxillofac Surg. 2018 Dec;47(12):1609-1612. doi: 10.1016/j.ijom.2018.04.023. Epub 2018 May 8.

Abstract

Third molar extraction is a common procedure in dental surgery. Common complications that may occur post procedure include pain, trismus, bleeding, dry socket, and nerve injuries. Subcutaneous emphysema is an uncommon complication. A rare case of extensive cervicofacial subcutaneous emphysema, pneumomediastinum, and pneumorrhachis following third molar extraction is reported here. Issues relating to the diagnosis, aetiology, and management of these complications are discussed.

Keywords: pneumomediastinum; pneumorrhachis; subcutaneous emphysema; third molar surgery.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Mediastinal Emphysema / diagnosis
  • Mediastinal Emphysema / etiology*
  • Mediastinal Emphysema / therapy
  • Molar, Third / surgery*
  • Pneumorrhachis / diagnosis
  • Pneumorrhachis / etiology*
  • Pneumorrhachis / therapy
  • Subcutaneous Emphysema / diagnosis
  • Subcutaneous Emphysema / etiology*
  • Subcutaneous Emphysema / therapy
  • Tooth Extraction*
  • Tooth, Impacted / surgery*