Pneumopericardium occurring during a high-speed motorcycle ride

Ralph J. Frascone, James J. Cicero, James T. Sturm

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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 languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)163-164
Number of pages2
JournalJournal of Trauma - Injury, Infection and Critical Care
Issue number2
StatePublished - Feb 1983


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