European Journal of Plastic Surgery

, Volume 14, Issue 3, pp 144–146 | Cite as

Scrotal emphysema in a burn injury patient

Case report and review of the literature
  • W. Schneider
  • N. Pallua
  • A. Berger
Case Reports


A burn-injured 17-year-old boy suffered from an apical pneumothorax of the right side caused either by placement of a subclavian catheter or by the blast injury. Following this, he developed scrotal emphysema. Air extended along the subcutis of the lateral thoracic and abdominal wall through a lesion in the parietal pleura up to the inguinal canal to the scrotum caused by the positive pressure breathing. After cessation of the PEEP-breathing, there was no recurrence.

Key words

Burn injury Apical pneumothorax Scrotal emphysema 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • W. Schneider
    • 1
  • N. Pallua
    • 1
  • A. Berger
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of PlasticHand and Reconstructive Surgery of the Medical School of HannoverHannover 51Germany

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