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

R Karthik, Kamal Kanthan R

Abstract


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.


Keywords


Cervicofacial Emphysema; Pneumomediastinum; Maxillary Sinus Wall Fracture

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