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Facial subcutaneous emphysema after tonsillectomy

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Original languageEnglish
Article number11
JournalHEAD & FACE MEDICINE
Volume10
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 11 Apr 2014
Publication typeA1 Journal article-refereed

Abstract

Background: Tonsillectomy is a commonly performed and relatively safe surgical procedure. However, it can potentially be associated with several complications. We report a case of facial subcutaneous emphysema that occurred after elective tonsillectomy.Case: Tonsillectomy was performed on a patient with a history of frequent tonsillitis. After surgery, the patient developed facial subcutaneous emphysema that resolved within a few days without any further complications.Conclusion: Subcutaneous emphysema is a rare complication of tonsillectomy. Tonsil should be removed along the tonsilar capsule. If its removal causes a deeper than usual mucosal tear up to the level of the muscles, then air might potentially pass through the pharyngeal wall to the parapharyngeal, retropharyngeal and prevertebral spaces.

Keywords

  • Complication, Subcutaneous emphysema, Tonsillectomy