What is the role of lateral neck soft-tissue radiographs in the evaluation of pneumomediastinum (PM)?

Updated: Feb 26, 2019
  • Author: Patrick L Carolan, MD; Chief Editor: Girish D Sharma, MD, FCCP, FAAP  more...
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Wong et al (2013) report that lateral neck soft-tissue radiographs demonstrated abnormal air collections in 9 of 10 patients who had normal chest radiographs. [5] They suggest that the addition of lateral neck radiographs may help to identify some patients with SPM in whom chest radiographs are normal.


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