Pneumomediastinum and subcutaneous emphysema following surgical extraction of mandibular third molars: Three case reports

Isack Horowitz*, Abraham Hirshberg, Alan Freedman

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Abstract

Three cases of subcutaneous emphysema following surgical extraction of lower third molars are presented. In two of the cases, pneumomediastinum developed. The direct cause of these complications is the combination of the use of an air turbine dental handpiece and the flap design. The propagation of the emphysema and means for its prevention are discussed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)25-28
Number of pages4
JournalOral Surgery, Oral Medicine, Oral Pathology and Oral Radiology
Volume63
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1987

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