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CT chest frontal mediastinal

A little ‘self-care’ ended in a night in intensive care for an unfortunate 20-year-old.

Diagnosed with spontaneous pneumomediastinum and profound subcutaneous emphysema, he denied all the usual suspects: smoking, drug use, violent coughing, heavy exercise, excessive vomiting or Valsalva manoeuvre.