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SARS-COV2 Pneumonia Revealed by Extensive Subcutaneous Emphysema

Youssef Motiaa, Siham Alaoui Rachidi, Smael Labib, Hicham Sbai

Keywords : COVID-19, Pneumomediastinum, Pneumothorax, Subcutaneous emphysema

Citation Information : Motiaa Y, Rachidi SA, Labib S, Sbai H. SARS-COV2 Pneumonia Revealed by Extensive Subcutaneous Emphysema. Indian J Respir Care 2023; 12 (1):90-92.

DOI: 10.5005/jp-journals-11010-1008

License: CC BY-NC-SA 4.0

Published Online: 14-03-2023

Copyright Statement:  Copyright © 2023; The Author(s).


Spontaneous subcutaneous emphysema (SCE), pneumomediastinum, and pneumothorax in nonventilated COVID-19 patients are being increasingly recognized as complications of COVID-19 pneumonia. We report a case of a young man with no predisposing risk factors for pneumothorax who was diagnosed with a severe acute respiratory syndrome-COV2 pneumonitis revealed by extensive SCE with fatal outcome. Computed tomography of the thorax, abdomen, and pelvis revealed a diffuse lung injury, a pneumothorax, and pneumomediastinum. These complications of COVID-19 pneumonia may be associated with poor prognosis.

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