“AIR LEAK SYNDROME”: An Unusual Presentation of Foreign Body in the Airway

  • Madhu Sudhan VelecharlaEmail author
  • Kshitij Dhaval Shah
  • Renuka Anil Bradoo
  • Gopi Shankar Subramaniasami
  • Anagha Atul Joshi
Clinical Report


Spontaneous onset pneumomediastinum, pneumothorax and subcutaneous emphysema are rare presentations of a foreign body in the airway. The possible mechanism for unexplainable and non traumatic subcutaneous emphysema can be attributed to “Air leak syndrome” following inhalation of foreign body in the airway.


Foreign body bronchus Foreign body airway Foreign body unusual presentation Subcutaneous emphysema foreign body bronchus 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Madhu Sudhan Velecharla
    • 1
    Email author
  • Kshitij Dhaval Shah
    • 1
  • Renuka Anil Bradoo
    • 1
  • Gopi Shankar Subramaniasami
    • 1
  • Anagha Atul Joshi
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of ENT, Room No. 441, 4th Floor, College BuildingLokmanya Tilak Municipal Medical CollegeMumbaiIndia

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