Sublingual emphysema complicating dental anesthesia

L. J. Means, J. E. Jones, C. C. Rao

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The introduction of gas into soft tissues during dental procedures has been recognized since 1900. Cases of subcutaneous facial emphysema characterized by rapidly progressing unilateral facial swelling have been reported. To our knowledge localized sublingual emphysema without facial involvement after a dental procedure has not been reported. We present two cases of sublingual emphysema, and discuss the etiology and potential hazards of this syndrome.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)737-738
Number of pages2
JournalAnesthesia and Analgesia
Issue number7
StatePublished - Jan 1 1985

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine

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