A case report of tardive subcutaneous emphysema in relation to iatrogenic pneumothorax

Christine Helene Opedal Ringvold, Ulla Moller Weinreich

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Subcutaneous emphysema, the presence of air under the subcutaneous tissues, often arises in relation to pneumothorax, including iatrogenic pneumothorax. It can arise as a consequence of chest drain insertion and removal. This case report describes worsening of subcutaneous emphysema subsequent to chest drain removal, leading to tardive and life-threatening subcutaneous emphysema. There are few international guidelines describing chest drain removal and there are few reports describing tardive subcutaneous emphysema. These areas need further exploration using evidence-based research in order to develop a consensus on treatment options.
Original languageEnglish
Article number2050313X19870970
JournalSage Open Medical Case Reports
Number of pages3
Publication statusPublished - Aug 2019


  • Subcutaneous emphysema
  • pleural drainage

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