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Yeungnam University Journal of Medicine 2003;20(2):217-222.
DOI:    Published online December 31, 2003.
A Case of Subcutaneous Emphysema without Associated Injuries at Neck from Motorcycle Accident.
Jung Ho Kim, Sam Beom Lee, Byung Soo Do
Department of Emergency Medicine College of Medicine, Yeungnam University, Daegu, Korea.
Subcutaneous emphysema defines collection of air in subcutaneous spaces of body. It is usually originated from air in upper airway and lower respiratory tract such as larynx, trachea, bronchus and lungs. Air in subcutaneous spaces derives from leakage of air due to tearing or ruptures of airway structures, and also accompanies pneumothorax or pneumomediastinum and/or rib or sternal fractures or other major airway injuries. We experienced a case of subcutaneous emphysema caused by laryngeal injury without any associated airway injuries at neck from motorcycle accident, so we would report a case with the review of literatures.
Key Words: Airway injuries, Subcutaneous emphysema
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