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Hamman's syndrome: a rare benign syndrome


Abdul Rahim, Aida and Yahaya, Mohd Taufiq and Mohd Shafie, Siti Nor Farhana and Ahmad Apandi, Laila Mastura (2020) Hamman's syndrome: a rare benign syndrome. Malaysian Journal of Medicine and Health Sciences, 16 (1). pp. 357-359. ISSN 1675-8544; ESSN: 2636-9346


Hamman’s syndrome by definition is spontaneous pneumomediastinum with the exclusion of thoracic trauma or iatrogenic cause. It is rare and is more common in adolescence male. Amongst the risk factors are underlying lung condition such as asthma and interstitial lung disease, drug inhalation and parturient woman. Patient usually presents with sudden onset of shortness of breath and chest pain with subcutaneous emphysema on examination. The diagnosis is confirmed with chest radiograph. The prognosis of Hamman’s syndrome is excellent. Most cases are self-limiting and resolve spontaneously. However, Hamman’s syndrome is a poorly recognised disease due to its rarity. Therefore, the patient may be subjected to misdiagnosis and treatment. This is a case report of Hamman’s syndrome misdiagnosed and treated as pneumothorax. The objective of this case report is to highlight the importance of differentiating this benign syndrome with life threatening differentials which may have similar clinical presentation. Thus, avoiding unnecessary costly investigation, treatment and invasive procedures.

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Item Type: Article
Divisions: Faculty of Medicine and Health Science
Publisher: Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences, Universiti Putra Malaysia
Keywords: Hamman's syndrome; Emergency department; Spontaneous pneumomediastinum
Depositing User: Nabilah Mustapa
Date Deposited: 03 Mar 2020 09:39
Last Modified: 03 Mar 2020 09:39
URI: http://psasir.upm.edu.my/id/eprint/76951
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