Neck pain and dyspnea in a swimmer: Spontaneous pneumomediastinum presentation and return-to-play considerations

Richard T. Ferro, Douglas McKeag

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Abstract

Spontaneous pneumomediastinum is usually a benign, self-limiting condition in which retrosternal chest pain is the most common complaint and subcutaneous emphysema is the most prevalent physical finding. Chest radiographs confirm the diagnosis. A case report of a 19-year-old college swimmer who initially reported anterior neck pain demonstrates the importance of avoiding complications such as pneumothorax with careful monitoring, outpatient management, and cessation of athletic activities. After 7 to 10 days patients can slowly resume sports if symptoms do not recur.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)67-71
Number of pages5
JournalPhysician and Sportsmedicine
Volume27
Issue number10
DOIs
StatePublished - Oct 1 1999
Externally publishedYes

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Mediastinal Emphysema
Neck Pain
Dyspnea
Sports
Subcutaneous Emphysema
Ambulatory Monitoring
Pneumothorax
Chest Pain
Thorax
Return to Sport

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Orthopedics and Sports Medicine
  • Physical Therapy, Sports Therapy and Rehabilitation

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Neck pain and dyspnea in a swimmer : Spontaneous pneumomediastinum presentation and return-to-play considerations. / Ferro, Richard T.; McKeag, Douglas.

In: Physician and Sportsmedicine, Vol. 27, No. 10, 01.10.1999, p. 67-71.

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