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Vol. 11 - Num. 42

Clinical Reviews

Pneumomediastinum as a cause of crying

Pascual Barona Zamoraa, J Marín Serrab, S Pons Moralesb, R Margalef Canutoc

aPediatra. CS Padre Jofré. Departamento de Salud 10. Valencia. España.
bPediatra. Hospital Universitario Doctor Peset. Valencia. España.
cMIR-Pediatría. Hospital Universitario Doctor Peset. Valencia. España.

Correspondence: P Barona. E-mail:

Reference of this article: Barona Zamora P, Marín Serra J, Pons Morales S, Margalef Canuto R. Pneumomediastinum as a cause of crying. Rev Pediatr Aten Primaria. 2009;11:283-8.

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The pneumomediastinum is a rare entity in children and its main cause is asthma exacerbations. The most common symptom is thoracic pain that in infants and young children appears as crying, and dyspnoea. We describe the case of a 12-month-old girl who presented with crying and respiratory distress, and was diagnosed of pneumomediastinum associated with asthma. We emphasize the need of suspecting it when we face a case of bronchial obstruction associated with crying.


Asthma Crying Mediastinal emphysema Pneumomediastinum



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