Intensive Care Medicine

, Volume 10, Issue 3, pp 157–159 | Cite as

Mediastinal emphysema simulating acute pericarditis

  • B. Kamath
  • K. M. Hillman
Case Reports


A case of extensive subcutaneous emphysema, retropneumoperitoneum and mediastinal emphysema is described. The mediastinal emphysema was associated with signs and symptoms of pericardial tamponade, and previously undocumented ECG changes, consistent with acute pericarditis, were noted.

Key words

Pericarditis Pericardial tamponade Mediastinal emphysema Barotrauma 


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© Springer-Verlag 1984

Authors and Affiliations

  • B. Kamath
    • 1
  • K. M. Hillman
    • 1
  1. 1.Charing Cross HospitalLondonUK

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