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Case Reports in Obstetrics and Gynecology
Volume 2013, Article ID 735154, 3 pages
Case Report

Postpartum Pneumomediastinum and Subcutaneous Emphysema: Two Case Reports

1Department of General Surgery, Redland Hospital, QLD 4163, Australia
2Department of General Surgery, Redland Hospital and University of Queensland, QLD 4163, Australia
3Consultant Obstetrician and Gynaecologist, Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Redland Hospital, QLD 4163, Australia

Received 13 December 2012; Accepted 27 January 2013

Academic Editors: G. Capobianco, M. F. Diejomaoh, and J.-C. Shih

Copyright © 2013 Shivanthi Kandiah et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


Spontaneous pneumomediastinum associated with subcutaneous emphysema is a rare condition also known as Hamman's syndrome. It can also be seen postpartum. We present two cases of subcutaneous emphysema associated with childbirth in nulliparous women, both of which resolved spontaneously.