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GMS Current Posters in Otorhinolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery

Deutsche Gesellschaft für Hals-Nasen-Ohren-Heilkunde, Kopf- und Hals-Chirurgie e.V. (DGHNOKHC)

ISSN 1865-1038

To operate or not to operate

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GMS Curr Posters Otorhinolaryngol Head Neck Surg 2011;7:Doc59

doi: 10.3205/cpo000648, urn:nbn:de:0183-cpo0006483

Veröffentlicht: 14. April 2011

© 2011 Bardanis.
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Introduction – Objective: Though not long ago the management of choice of upper aerodigestive tract perforations was the surgical one [1], currently the nonoperative management is also advocated [2], [3]. This study aims at presenting a case report of pneumopericardium combined with pneumomediastinum.

Case report: A 27 year-old man visited the outpatient ward of our hospital suffering from sore throat and chest pain after diving. Neck crepitance was palpated, while in indirect laryngoscopy a tiny laceration was observed subglottically. In the plain X-ray films air was observed in most areas of the neck, in mediastinum and in pericardium. Pneumothorax was not observed. The patient was administered high concentration of oxygen plus antibiotics intravenously. No longer than six days later without any surgical intervention all findings disappeared.

Instead of conclusion: A surgeon is a doctor who knows how to operate. A good surgeon is one who knows when to operate. The best surgeon is the one who knows when not to operate.


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