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Case Report  |   February 1989
Subcutaneous emphysema and pneumomediastinum complicating labor in a twin pregnancy
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Case Report   |   February 1989
Subcutaneous emphysema and pneumomediastinum complicating labor in a twin pregnancy
The Journal of the American Osteopathic Association, February 1989, Vol. 89, 185. doi:10.7556/jaoa.1989.89.2.185
The Journal of the American Osteopathic Association, February 1989, Vol. 89, 185. doi:10.7556/jaoa.1989.89.2.185
Abstract

Although a rare complication of labor, subcutaneous emphysema and pneumomediastinum (Hamman's syndrome) must be considered in the parturient complaining of chest or neck pain, dysphagia, or shortness of breath. With conservative management, the prognosis is favorable. The case presented is the first of Hamman's syndrome complicating the labor of a twin gestation. The pathophysiology, symptoms, and management guidelines for the syndrome are reviewed.