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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

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

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.

Author Information

Taimoor Hashim is a hospitalist at Highline Medical Center in Burien, Washington. Ayesha Chaudry is a clinical observer at Highline Medical Center. Khurram Ahmad is an interventional cardiology fellow and clinical instructor at Michigan State University in East Lansing, Michigan. Jennifer Imhoff is a PA in emergency medicine at Highline Medical Center. Rami Khouzam is an assistant professor of medicine in the division of cardiology at the University of Tennessee Health Sciences Center in Memphis, Tennessee. The authors have indicated no relationships to disclose relating to the content of this article.

© 2013 American Academy of Physician Assistants.

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