Relief of tension subcutaneous emphysema using a large bore subcutaneous drain.

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We report a case of subcutaneous emphysema following multiple attempts to cannulate both subclavian veins for pacemaker insertion. Initial bilateral pneumothoraces were complicated by subcutaneous emphysema which became so severe that respiration and cardiac output became seriously impaired. The insertion of a single large bore subcutaneous drain produced a dramatic improvement. The aetiology, complications and management of tension subcutaneous emphysema are discussed.

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@article{Kelly1995ReliefOT, title={Relief of tension subcutaneous emphysema using a large bore subcutaneous drain.}, author={Mark C. Kelly and James Mcguigan and Roy W. Allen}, journal={Anaesthesia}, year={1995}, volume={50 12}, pages={1077-9} }