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CASE REPORT
Year : 2017  |  Volume : 33  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 546-548

Post-tonsillectomy surgical emphysema – a case report


Department of Otorhinolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery, West Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust, Cambridge University Teaching Hospital, Sufflok, UK

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H Kamel
Department of Otorhinolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery, West Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust, Cambridge University Teaching Hospital, Hardwick Lane, Bury St Edmunds, Sufflok IP33 2QZ
UK
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DOI: 10.4103/1012-5574.206027

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Tonsillectomy is still the most common surgical procedure performed in most ENT departments worldwide. Although it is considered a safe procedure, its complications can be serious and potentially life threatening. The development of cervicofacial emphysema after tonsillectomy is a very rare complication, which in most cases resolves spontaneously, but on the other hand it can be life threatening especially if associated with pneumothorax or pneumomediastinum.


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