Mathews Journal of Case Reports


Previous Issues Volume 4, Issue 3 - 2019

Benign Subcutaneous Emphysema of the Upper Extremity after Unsuccessful Venous Catheterization: Report of a Case

Sotirios Botaitis, Dimitrios Charalampidis, Sebachedin Perente, Alexandros Polychronidis

Department of Surgery, Democritus University of Thrace School of Medicine, Alexandroupolis, Greece

Received Date: Jul 20, 2019

Published Date: Aug 6, 2019

*Corresponding Author: Sotirios Botaitis, Democritus University of Thrace School of Medicine, 68100, Greece.

Copyright © 2019  Dahdah N. 

Citation: Dahdah N. (2019). Late Bacterial Endocarditis after Amplatzer Atrial Septal Occluder Without Residual Shunt in a Pediatric Patient. Mathews J Case Rep 4(3): 54



Subcutaneous emphysema in the upper extremity may be caused either by infectious, gas gangrene, or non-infectious, benign, causes. However, benign subcutaneous emphysema may imitate clinically gas gangrene. Differential diagnosis is not always obvious but should be achieved as soon as possible in order to select the proper management. We present a case of an 88-year-old male with benign subcutaneous emphysema of the upper extremity, during packed red blood cells transfusion, with findings imitating gas gangrene. Diagnosis was set with X-ray and US imaging. The patient responded well to conservative treatment with intravenous and oral antibiotics.

Keywords: Subcutaneous Emphysema; Upper Extremity; Venous Catheterization.

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