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Norzilawati MN, Shuhaila A, Zainul Rashid MR
Correspondence: Dr Norzilawati Mohd Naim, firstname.lastname@example.org
A 21-year-old primigravida with previous history of pulmonary tuberculosis had a normal but assisted vaginal delivery after a prolonged second stage. Within 12 hours, she complained of dyspnoea and was found to have abnormal neck and anterior chest wall swelling. A diagnosis of subcutaneous emphysema was made and this was confirmed with the chest radiograph, which also revealed pneumomediastinum. She recovered well within four days with conservative treatment.
Keywords: postpartum complication, postpartum pneumomediastium, sub-cutaneous emphysema
Singapore Med J 2007; 48(6): e174–e176