Subcutaneous Emphysema as a Complication of Tonsillectomy

편도적출술후 발생한 피하기종

  • 홍기환 (전북대학교 의과대학 이비인후과학교실) ;
  • 조윤성 (전북대학교 의과대학 이비인후과학교실) ;
  • 임현실 (전북대학교 의과대학 이비인후과학교실) ;
  • 이상헌 (전북대학교 의과대학 이비인후과학교실) ;
  • 문승현 (전북대학교 의과대학 이비인후과학교실)
  • Published : 2001.06.01


Subcutaneous emphysema of the head and neck are well-known sequealae of surgery and trauma to the chest airway. This occurs when air is introduced into the tissue. This can happen as a complication during, or immediately after surgery. Among the causes subcutaneous emphysema due to complication of tonsillectomy, has rarely been described. Definitive treatment will depend on the cause. Recently. we have experienced two cases of subcutaneous emphysema without respiratory and circulatory insufficiency as a complication of tonsillectomy in 38-year-old male and uvulopalatopharyngoplasty in 41- year-old male.