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Case Reports in Surgery
Volume 2016, Article ID 4769180, 3 pages
Case Report

Pneumomediastinum after Tooth Extraction

1Department of Thoracic Surgery, KBÜ Karabük Training and Research Hospital, 78100 Karabük, Turkey
2Department of Emergency, KBÜ Karabük Training and Research Hospital, 78100 Karabük, Turkey
3Department of Thoracic Surgery, Medical Faculty, Gaziosmanpasa University, 60100 Tokat, Turkey
4Department of Emergency, Kayseri Training and Research Hospital, 38100 Kayseri, Turkey

Received 29 October 2015; Accepted 17 December 2015

Academic Editor: Fabio Roccia

Copyright © 2016 Ilhan Ocakcioglu 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.


Pneumomediastinum is defined as the presence of air in mediastinum. Pneumomediastinum can sometimes occur after surgery. Pneumomediastinum seen after dental procedures is rare. We presented the case of subcutaneous emphysema developed in the neck and upper chest after tooth extraction and discussed the possible mechanisms of pneumomediastinum.