Pneumomediastinum after dental extraction

South Med J. 1984 Jun;77(6):801-2. doi: 10.1097/00007611-198406000-00042.


In the preceding case, air dissection into the subcutaneous space and mediastinum was caused by the removal of an impacted third molar with a high-speed drill. Such surgery can result in a typical clinical complex lasting a few days and consisting of pain, dyspnea, fever, and leukocytosis. Because there is a potential for mediastinitis, antibiotic therapy is indicated.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Mediastinal Emphysema / diagnostic imaging
  • Mediastinal Emphysema / etiology*
  • Radiography
  • Tooth Extraction / adverse effects*