What is the role of chest CT in the evaluation of pneumomediastinum?

Updated: Apr 28, 2020
  • Author: Brian J Daley, MD, MBA, FACS, FCCP, CNSC; Chief Editor: Mary C Mancini, MD, PhD, MMM  more...
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CT may improve diagnostic sensitivity in pneumomediastinum, and if clinical suspicion is present for this condition, should be obtained. One small study suggested that mild pneumomediastinum was underdiagnosed based on chest radiographic findings, and CT was needed to make the diagnosis.

Go to Radiologic Diagnosis of Pneumothorax for complete information on this topic.


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