Acta Scientific Paediatrics (ASPE)

Case Report Volume 7 Issue 1

Subcutaneous Emphysema in a Neonate -The Tip of the Iceberg

Pasupuleti Siva Pradeep, Sushil Singla, Shweta Kumari, Rashmie Prabha and Anand Narayanan*

Department of Pediatrics, Sarvodaya Hospital and Research Centre, Sector 8, Faridabad -121006

*Corresponding Author: Anand Narayanan, Associate Consultant, Sarvodaya Hospital and research centre, Sector 8, Faridabad -121006.

Received: December 14, 2023; Published: December 23, 2023


Subcutaneous emphysema is a rare complication of positive pressure ventilation, especially in neonates. Very few cases are available in literature. We report a postterm neonate referred to us in a state of cardiac arrest with gross subcutaneous emphysema in neck and upper chest region which immediately gave us a clue of the underlying pneumothorax and the same was confirmed on chest x-ray after initial resuscitation. So we were able to do a needle thoracotomy followed by chest tube placement following which respiratory distress improved. Subcutaneous emphysema also weaned gradually. This case demonstrates the importance of prompt identification of subcutaneous emphysema as a clue to its underlying etiology. Care should be taken to avoid high pressures during positive pressure ventilation in order to avoid such complications.

Keywords: Subcutaneous; Emphysema; Neonate; Iceberg


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Citation: Anand N., et al. “Subcutaneous Emphysema in a Neonate -The Tip of the Iceberg".Acta Scientific Paediatrics 7.1 (2024): 19-21.


Copyright: © 2024 Anand N., et al. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.


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