Subcutaneous emphysema as an uncommon presentation of child abuse

Beatrix Chandra Bansal, Thomas J. Abramo

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A case of subcutaneous emphysema and pneumomediastinum as a result of child abuse is presented to add to the spectrum of findings associated with child maltreatment. This case is a reminder that although most cases of subcutaneous emphysema resolve uneventfully, there still needs to be an aggressive search for a cause. In addition, in the pediatric age group, the history given should be carefully verified as being plausible because of the possibility that child abuse may be the true etiology.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)573-575
Number of pages3
JournalAmerican Journal of Emergency Medicine
Issue number6
StatePublished - Jan 1 1997


  • Child abuse
  • Pneumomediastinum
  • Subcutaneous emphysema

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Emergency Medicine


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