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Massive subcutaneous emphysema following routine endotracheal intubation

  • K. F. Watters (a1), P. D. Lacy (a1) and R. McConn Walsh (a1)


Upper aerodigestive tract injury after endotracheal intubation is a rare but serious complication. The case of a 57-year-old female, who developed extensive neck and pneumomediastinum following a knee arthroscopy under general anaesthesia, is presented. Possible mechanisms of injury and management options are discussed.




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