Pediatric Radiology

, Volume 15, Issue 3, pp 196–198 | Cite as

Pneumomediastinum: an unusual complication of acute gastrointestinal disease

  • W. W. WoodruffIII
  • D. F. Merten
  • D. R. Kirks
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Atraumatic or primary pneumomediastinum is an uncommon complication of severe retching and vomiting associated with acute gastrointestinal disorders. In two cases pneumomediastinum was the presenting radiographic abnormality; one patient presented with acute gastroenteritis, and the other presented with duodenal obstruction due to hematoma. The pathogenesis of pneumomediastinum in these patients is presented.


Public Health Gastroenteritis Gastrointestinal Disorder Gastrointestinal Disease Acute Gastroenteritis 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • W. W. WoodruffIII
    • 1
  • D. F. Merten
    • 1
  • D. R. Kirks
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of RadiologyDuke University Medical CenterDurhamUSA

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