Vol 78, No 4 (2007)

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Mediastinal and subcutaneous emphysema as a complication of labor

Arkadiusz Praski, Włodzimierz Kupis, Marek Florczak, Małgorzata Szpetnar
Ginekol Pol 2007;78(4).


Mediastinal emphysema and subcutaneous emphysema are rare complications of labor. We have described a case of mediastinal and subcutaneous emphysema, observed in the II stage of labor in otherwise healthy primigravida. The diagnosis was confirmed clinically and by X-ray, and endoscopies examination in District Hospital and in Clinical Department of Surgery. The etiology of this condition was not established. The mediastinal and subcutaneous emphysema, disappeared spontaneously which was confirmed by check-up after 3 months.

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