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Case Reports in Orthopedics
Volume 2016, Article ID 5430637, 5 pages
Case Report

Perforation of an Occult Carcinoma of the Prostate as a Rare Differential Diagnosis of Subcutaneous Emphysema of the Leg

Department of Orthopedic Surgery, Sports Traumatology and Trauma Surgery, Städtisches Klinikum Wolfenbüttel (Wolfenbüttel Municipal Hospital), Alter Weg 80, 38302 Wolfenbüttel, Germany

Received 5 April 2016; Accepted 12 July 2016

Academic Editor: Akio Sakamoto

Copyright © 2016 Mirko Velickovic and Thomas Hockertz. 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.


We report a case of subcutaneous emphysema caused by perforation of the rectum due to a carcinoma of the prostate. Although rare, an abdominal cause must always be considered as a rare differential diagnosis of subcutaneous emphysema. As a matter of fact adequate diagnostic with rapid treatment is essential for the outcome.