Benign recurrent subcutaneous emphysema of the upper limbs in a teenager

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Summary of "Benign recurrent subcutaneous emphysema of the upper limbs in a teenager"

The physiological properties of the interstitial subcutaneous tissue of the limbs could bring the abnormal distribution of air coming from superficial trauma of the skin. We present the case of a young woman who developed subcutaneous emphysema after a superficial trauma and discussed the differential diagnosis and treatment.


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Name: Revista medica del Instituto Mexicano del Seguro Social
ISSN: 2448-5667
Pages: 566-569


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