Two Cases of Spontaneous Retropharyngeal and Cardiomediastinal Emphysema

Hisayuki Kato, Masahiro Takeuchi, Sayuri Kato, Hiroshi Kadoyama, Syoji Saito, Masakazu Miyagishima, Kensei Naito

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We report here two cases of spontaneous retropharyngeal arid cardiomediastinal emphysema. The patients were a 15-year-old boy, who developed a foreign body sensation in the pharynx after he ran and a 16-year-old boy who developed pain in the anterior neck after he spoke loudly. X-ray and CT examination findings revealed air in the retropharyngeal and cardiomediastional regions in both patients. Antibiotics and a week of rest were prescribed and these complaints disappeared. Sixty-four cases of spontaneous mediastinal emphysema, including our two cases, reported in the Japanese literature in the period between 1992 and 2001 are also reviewed and discussed in this paper.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)833-840
Number of pages8
JournalPractica Otologica
Issue number9
Publication statusPublished - 2001

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Otorhinolaryngology


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