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RMJ. 2016; 41(4): 499-501


Concealed foreign body aspiration presenting as subcutaneous emphysema

Davina Stasia Teo, Zara Nasseri, Pravin Sugunan, Faizah Mohd Zaki, Tang Swee Fong, Bee-See Goh.

Abstract
Subcutaneous emphysema is an extremely rare presenting feature of foreign body aspiration. We report a case of foreign body aspiration in the left main bronchus of an 8-year-old boy, which remained undetected for 6 months. Eventually he presented dramatically with extensive subcutaneous emphysema, pneumomediastinum and subsequent acute upper airway obstruction.

Key words: Foreign body aspiration, pneumomediastinum, subcutaneous emphysema, paediatric airway



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