Aurea diagnosis of pneumomediastinum. A case report

Abstract

Pericarditis and spontaneous pneumomediastinum are among the pathologies that are in differential diagnoses when a patient describes dorsal irradiated chest pain: if the patient is young, male, and long-limbed, it is necessary to exclude an acute aortic syndrome firstly. We present the case of a young man who arrived at the Emergency Department for chest pain: an echocardiogram performed an immediate diagnosis of pericarditis. However, if the patient had performed a chest X-ray, this would have enabled the observation of pneumomediastinum, allowing a correct diagnosis of pneumomediastinum and treatment. The purpose of this report is to highlight the importance of the diagnostic process.

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Published
2020-09-18
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Spontaneous pneumomediastinum, Hamman sign, electrocardiogram, chest X-ray, chest computerized tomography.
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Brugioni, L., De Niederhausern, F., Gozzi, C., Martella, P., Romagnoli, E., Aramini, B., Bocchi, F., & Solieri, C. (2020). Aurea diagnosis of pneumomediastinum. A case report. Italian Journal of Medicine, 14(3), 179-183. https://doi.org/10.4081/itjm.2020.1292

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