Postpartum pneumomediastinum (Hamman's syndrome)

Majer, Sabine; Graber, Peter
July 2007
CMAJ: Canadian Medical Association Journal;7/3/2007, Vol. 177 Issue 1, p32
Academic Journal
The article describes the clinical view of postpartum pneumomediastinum, which is also termed Hamman's syndrome in a healthy primiparous patient. The patient's symptoms of substernal pain had evolved progressively, beginning a few days after a normal vaginal delivery. Aside from the chest pain, she felt well and had no fever. Her computed tomography scan revealed small amounts of free air in the anterior mediastinum. Details related to the disease and its treatment is also discussed.


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