Hamman's syndrome associated with pharyngeal rupture occurring during childbirth

Authors: Tixier, Hervé1; Rattin, Christian2; Dunand, Alexis1; Peaupardin, Yukiko3; Douvier, Serge1; Sagot, Paul; Mourtialon, Pascal1

Source: Acta Obstetricia et Gynecologica Scandinavica, Volume 89, Number 3, March 2010 , pp. 407-408(2)

Publisher: Informa Healthcare

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Hamman's syndrome is the classical association of subcutaneous emphysema and pneumomediastinum, with or without pneumothorax. Its onset during the expulsive phase of childbirth is exceptional. We report here the first case associated with pharyngeal rupture at the level of the piriform sinus and describe the warning signs and the management by endoscopy.

Keywords: Childbirth; Hamman's syndrome; expulsion phase; pharyngeal rupture

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.3109/00016340903410881

Affiliations: 1: 1Department of Gynecology and Obstetrics, University of Dijon School of Medicine, Bocage Teaching Hospital, Dijon, France 2: 2Department of Otorhinolaryngology, Le Creusot, France 3: 3Department of Gynecology and Obstetrics, Le Creusot, France

Publication date: March 1, 2010

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