Pneumomediastinum. Tyler Bagley October 17, 2006. Objectives. 1. Recognize the causes of pneumomediastinum 2. Recognize the presentation 3. Identify common radiological signs 4. Discuss when to order additional tests 5. Treatment.
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October 17, 2006
Rupture of the alveolus with air dissection along the peribronchial vascular sheaths into the hilum and mediastinum
Ruptured bleb with peripheral extension
Sudden rise in intrapulmonary pressure
Asthma, vomiting, forceful coughing, crying, shouting, Valsalva maneuver, artificial ventilation, closed chest trauma, sudden drop in atmospheric pressure, foreign body aspiration
With sufficient mediastinal air, the thymus can become elevated, creating the Thymic Sail Sign, or Spinnaker Sign.