- Hamman's syndrome
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Caption = A CT scan showing air in the
mediastinumwith subcutaneous emphysema, which can result in Hamman's syndrome
ICD9 = ICD9|518.1
Hamman's syndrome is a syndrome of spontaneous
subcutaneous emphysemacite journal |author=Kostiainen S, Mattila S |title=Spontaneous mediastinal emphysema: hamman's syndrome |journal=Ann Chir Gynaecol Fenn |volume=64 |issue=1 |pages=44–6 |year=1975 |pmid=1155902 |doi= |url=] (air in the subcutaneous tissues of the skin) and pneumomediastinum(air in the mediastinum, the center of the chest cavity), sometimes associated with pain.
It was named after Johns Hopkins clinician
Louis Hamman, M.D. [WhoNamedIt|synd|3004] [L. V. Hamman. Spontaneous mediastinal emphysema. Bulletin of the Johns Hopkins Hospital, Baltimore, 1939, 64: 1-21.]
Hamman's syndrome can cause Hamman's sign.
The syndrome is caused by alveolar rupture and can be seen post partum.
It most commonly occurs in young women.cite journal |author=Majer S, Graber P |title=Postpartum pneumomediastinum (Hamman's syndrome) |journal=CMAJ |volume=177 |issue=1 |pages=32 |year=2007 |month=July |pmid=17606935 |pmc=1896037 |doi=10.1503/cmaj.061581 |url=http://www.cmaj.ca/cgi/pmidlookup?view=long&pmid=17606935]
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