Cervicofacial Emphysema and Pneumomediastinum Complicating a Dental Extraction


Background: Pneumomediastinum and subcutaneous emphysema are a rare and well-known complication of dental procedures. Many cases go unrecognized and resolve spontaneously, while others may require specific therapeutic management to prevent complications. Case Presentations: We report a case of cervical subcutaneous emphysema and pneumomediasitnum occurring after extraction of lower right second molar. The emphysema was detected 2 hours after dental surgery. This paper reports on the diagnosis and treatment of subcutaneous emphysema and pneumomediastinum. Conclusion: In order to prevent this complication, air turbine high speed drills should be used only in necessary cases.

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Shimi, A. , Benlamkaddem, S. , Tahse, D. , Derkaoui, A. and Khatouf, M. (2015) Cervicofacial Emphysema and Pneumomediastinum Complicating a Dental Extraction. Case Reports in Clinical Medicine, 4, 257-260. doi: 10.4236/crcm.2015.47051.

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