Pneumomediastinum and subcutaneous emphysema as the manifestation of emphysematous pyelonephritis
Article first published online: 12 OCT 2004
International Journal of Urology
Volume 11, Issue 10, pages 909–911, October 2004
How to Cite
WANG, Y.-C., WANG, J.-M., CHOW, Y.-C., CHIU, A. W. and YANG, S. (2004), Pneumomediastinum and subcutaneous emphysema as the manifestation of emphysematous pyelonephritis. International Journal of Urology, 11: 909–911. doi: 10.1111/j.1442-2042.2004.00919.x
- Issue published online: 12 OCT 2004
- Article first published online: 12 OCT 2004
- Received 20 October 2003; accepted 16 March 2004.
- mediastinal emphysema;
- retroperitoneal space;
- subcutaneous emphysema
Abstract Pneumomediastinum, a collection of mediastinal air, often results from the rupture of intrathoracic structures. A 41-year-old diabetic woman initially presented with signs of pneumomediastinum and nuchal subcutaneous emphysema, but was finally diagnosed with unilateral emphysematous pyelonephritis. Pneumomediastinum as a presentation in retroperitoneal infection has not been reported previously, which prompts us to discuss its etiology and emphasize the importance of physical examination.