Pneumomediastinum in a Heavy Weightlifter

  • Neeraja Swaminathan Albert Einstein Medical Center, Philadelphia, PA, USA
  • Akanksha Agrawal Albert Einstein Medical Center, Philadelphia, PA, USA
  • Pradhum Ram Albert Einstein Medical Center, Philadelphia, PA, USA


Pneumomediastinum, weightlifting


The presence of air in the mediastinal cavity (i.e., pneumomediastinum) is an uncommon condition. It is usually precipitated by an event such as penetrating trauma, barotrauma or increased intrathoracic pressure caused by severe vomiting or coughing. We present the case of a 32-year-old man who developed pneumomediastinum as a result of heavy weightlifting.



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  • Published: 2019-05-03

    Issue: Vol 6 No 5 (view)

    Section: Articles

    How to cite:
    Swaminathan, N., Agrawal, A., & Ram, P. (2019). Pneumomediastinum in a Heavy Weightlifter. European Journal of Case Reports in Internal Medicine, 6(5).