Pneumopericardium occurs in patients of all ages and presents with varying degrees of severity ranging from the asymptomatic state to cardiac tamponade (3, 7). This uncommon condition occurs following thoracic trauma, prolonged positive-pressure ventilation, tracheal rupture, or a sudden increase of intrathoracic pressure such as may result from a severe blow to the chest (2). The present communication describes a patient who incurred pneumomediastinum and pneumopericardium following the massive influx of high-velocity air into the pharynx during a high-speed motorcycle ride.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Number of pages||2|
|Journal||Journal of Trauma - Injury, Infection and Critical Care|
|State||Published - Feb 1983|