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Spontaneous pneumomediastinum: origin identified by chest computed tomography.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  9840713     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Spontaneous pneumomediastinum (SPM) is an uncommon disorder. The mechanism of spontaneous pneumomediastinum has been speculated as follows: when air pressure in the alveoli rapidly increases, free air leaks from ruptured alveoli and accumulates along the bronchovascular tissue sheath, and then free air moves toward the mediastinum. In this case report of a 19-year-old man of SPM, a chest computed tomography (CT) revealed air in a tubular shape along the pulmonary artery in the apico-posterior segment of the left lung field. This is the first case in which the process of SPM could be identified by chest CT.
T Kaneki; K Kubo; S Sone; A Kawashima
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Case Reports; Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Internal medicine (Tokyo, Japan)     Volume:  37     ISSN:  0918-2918     ISO Abbreviation:  Intern. Med.     Publication Date:  1998 Oct 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1999-03-08     Completed Date:  1999-03-08     Revised Date:  2004-11-17    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  9204241     Medline TA:  Intern Med     Country:  JAPAN    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  877-9     Citation Subset:  IM    
First Department of Internal Medicine, Shinshu University School of Medicine, Matsumoto.
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MeSH Terms
Chest Pain / etiology
Mediastinal Emphysema / complications,  radiography*
Neck Pain / etiology
Pulmonary Alveoli / injuries
Rupture, Spontaneous
Tomography, X-Ray Computed*
Comment In:
Intern Med. 1998 Oct;37(10):802-3   [PMID:  9840699 ]

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