Research: Intestinal Air in the Mediastinum


. 2021 Sep;160(3):e299-e303. doi: 10.1016/j.chest.2021.04.021.

Intestinal Air in the Mediastinum

Florian Fanget 1Gabrielle Drevet 2Jean-Michel Maury 3François Tronc 3Affiliations expand


A 74-year-old man, in excellent physical condition and doing regular intense cycling, was evaluated for transient episodes of thoracic discomfort over a period of several months. His medical history only included a right inguinal hernia, surgically treated, and an abdominal aortic aneurysm measured at 46 mm and treated medically. Physical examination did not reveal much information. The patient did not report gastroesophageal reflux, dysphagia, or history of digestive occlusion. The patient had normal weight and had no trauma history. He had no nicotine or alcohol-dependent behaviors. Vital signs were within normal values. Laboratory test results were normal. Functional status was normal, without anomalies of pulmonary function tests or arterial blood gases. The ECG did not reveal any anomaly.

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