ISSN : 2146-3123
E-ISSN : 2146-3131

Facial, Cervical, and Mediastinal Emphysema of the Clarinet Player: Case Report
Yusuf Özgür Biçer 1, Selcan Kesgin 1, Erkan Tezcan 1, Serap Köybaşı 1
1Department of Otolaryngology, Abant İzzet Baysal University Faculty of Medicine, Bolu, Turkey
DOI : 10.5152/balkanmedj.2014.14272
Pages : 360-362


Background: Cervicofacial emphysema may arise due to the leakage of air from a defect in the aerodigestive tract to the fascial layers of neck and face. Rarely, it may be caused by insufflation of air through the Stensen’s duct.

Case Report: We present a case with diffuse facial, cervical and mediastinal emphysema due to playing a wind instrument immediately after a facial trauma. There was no mucosal defect or laceration noticed by examination which could explain the origin of the emphysema. Despite the widespread cervicofacial emphysema with mediastinal involvement, the patient significantly improved within 48 hours without any intervention.

Conclusion: Even though cervicofacial emphysema ameliorates spontaneously, increased care must be taken, especially when there is pneumomediastinum and/or pneumothorax.

Keywords : Cervicofacial, emphysema, mediastinal, Stensen’s duct, wind instrument

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