Cervicofacial and mediastinal emphysema as the result of a dental procedure.

  title={Cervicofacial and mediastinal emphysema as the result of a dental procedure.},
  author={S C Karras and John Sexton},
  journal={The Journal of emergency medicine},
  volume={14 1},
Cases of cervicofacial subcutaneous emphysema occurring during dental treatment often result from the use of air-water cooled dental drills during tooth extraction. A case is presented in which a compressed air syringe, used to dry the field, caused diffuse cervicofacial emphysema with retropharyngeal and mediastinal extension. The point of entry appeared to be a 4 mm superficial laceration of the buccal mucosa. Despite the size of the wound, a significant amount of air was able to enter the… CONTINUE READING
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