Pneumocephalus Following Severe Head Trauma

Dolmans, Dennis; Bosch, Maurice; Ramos, Lino; Leenen, Loek
April 2009
European Journal of Trauma & Emergency Surgery;Apr2009, Vol. 35 Issue 2, p186
Academic Journal
It is important to be alert to the possibility of pneumocephalus in patients with head injury. Pneumocephalus is a potentially lethal complication in patients with craniofacial fractures following severe head trauma. A patient presented with intracranial air after he fell down from a height of 4 m. The patient recovered without any neurological deficits after conservative treatment. A time sequence of cerebral CT scans shows how the pneumocephalus developed and finally resolved without surgical intervention. The etiology, diagnosis, treatment and possible complications of this injury are discussed briefly.


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