Aparato Locomotor

VOL.18 Nº3, JULIO/SEPTIEMBRE 2007

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Pneumomediastinum in immigrants: presentation of three cases in the same boat

Suárez Ortega S., Alvarez Díaz X., Rezola
Sáez F., Melado Sánchez P., Esmemoto
J.M., Ruiz Hernández J.J.

Hospital General de Gran Canaria Dr. Negrín
Barranco de la Ballena s/n
35020 Las Palmas de Gran Canaria.

Three black Mali immigrants, sealing in the same boat, were rescued in open sea, in serious clinical situation. They were admitted at Doctor Negrin hospital (Las Palmas). Hypernatremic dehydration and rhabdomyolysis was watched and the x-rays of thorax showed pneumomediastinum in the three cases. Two of them improved quickly after dehydration correction. One of them showed pneumonia with empyema, in the evolution. He needed pleural drainage. We comment the peculiarity of the pneumomediastinum in the adulthood and the possible trigger factors. We consider essential the great effort made in open sea by these patients until they were rescued.

Correspondencia:

S. Suárez Ortega. Urbanización El Arco, 16.
La Atalaya. 35307 Santa Brígida. Las Palmas.
drsuarez@hotmail.com

MAPFRE MEDICINA, 2007; 18 (3): 212-214


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