Cervicofacial Air Emphysema: A Rare Complication of isolated maxillary sinus wall fracture

R Karthik, Kamal Kanthan R


Cervicofacial emphysema is rarely observed and has been reported in relation to dental surgical procedures, sequelae of surgical intervention in the upper aerodigestive tract, or orofacial trauma. This paper reports a case of cervicofacial emphysema developed with an isolated maxillary sinus wall fracture following a motor traffic accident in a 35 year old female.


Cervicofacial Emphysema; Pneumomediastinum; Maxillary Sinus Wall Fracture


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