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doi: 10.3810/psm.2003.01.150
The Physician and Sportsmedicine: Volume 31: No.1
Pneumomediastinum From Sports-Related Trauma
Key Findings and Recommendations
Kevin J. Curley, MD; Gary W Dorshimer, MD; Arthur R. Bartolozzi, MD; Peter F. Deluca, MD
Abstract: Pneumomediastinum can result from blunt chest trauma in sports. Diagnosis is made using chest radiography. The natural history of isolated pneumomediastinum is benign; however, it can be associated with more serious injuries, such as disruption of the tracheobronchial tree or a perforated digestive viscus. Patients with isolated pneumomediastinum should be monitored with serial chest radiographs. Patients may return to full activity once their chest radiographs have returned to normal, they exhibit no symptoms, and they have regained their stamina.

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