Korean J Otorhinolaryngol-Head Neck Surg.  2019 Jun;62(6):347-350. 10.3342/kjorl-hns.2018.00178.

A Case of Subcutaneous Emphysema and Pneumomediastinum after Palatine Tonsillectomy

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  • 1Departments of Otorhinolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery, Samsung Medical Center, Sungkyunkwan University School of Medicine, Seoul, Korea. siamkhy@gmail.com

Abstract

Palatine tonsillectomy is a very common procedure and it is relatively safe and has few complications. However, some severe, although rare, complications that can lead a patient to life-threatening status can occur following palatine tonsillectomy. Subcutaneous or mediastinal emphysema is one of the severe complications. We report a case of subcutaneous emphysema and pneumomediastinum after palatine tonsillectomy in a healthy 18-year-old man. After conservative management, subcutaneous emphysema was subsided without other complications.

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Emphysema; Tonsillectomy
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