What Is Subcutaneous Emphysema?

By james
Jun 15, 2020
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We are breathing air in and out all of the time, but the air will usually only remain in certain parts of the body, such as in the lungs. Sometimes, however, air might be able to leak into other parts of the body where it should not be. This is a condition known as subcutaneous emphysema.

Subcutaneous emphysema is a relatively common condition and it is, thankfully, not usually serious. It often occurs after a medical procedure or after an accident, and this means that the patient will often already be receiving treatment for other conditions anyway. It can lead to some potentially serious complications in a small number of cases, but medical professionals should be able to treat the problem relatively easily.

1. Subcutaneous Emphysema

Subcutaneous emphysema is a condition that means that air is able to find itself in the tissues of the skin, and there it can become trapped. It is often quite visible from the surface as it can cause the skin to bulge outward. In addition, it will also often cause a crackling sensation when pressure is placed on it. This crackling is known as crepitus, and it happens because the air is being forced through the patients tissues. Subcutaneous emphysema will usually occur in the neck or in the chest, but it can occur elsewhere in the body. It is quite common, and how serious it is will depend on the underlying cause.

Subcutaneous Emphysema

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