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Journal of the American Academy of Physician Assistants:
doi: 10.1097/01.JAA.0000431512.13196.f3
Case Report

Pneumomediastinum from a severe asthma attack

Hashim, Taimoor MD, MB.BS; Chaudry, Ayesha H. MB.BS; Ahmad, Khurram MD; Imhoff, Jennifer PA-C; Khouzam, Rami MD, FACC, FACP, FASNC, FASE, FSCAI

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Abstract

ABSTRACT: Spontaneous pneumomediastinum is a rare complication of an asthma exacerbation characterized by chest pain, dyspnea, neck swelling, and subcutaneous emphysema. Although the condition is usually benign and treatment is primarily supportive, surgical intervention may be needed if the patient develops hemodynamic or respiratory failure.

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