Grossly delayed massive subcutaneous emphysema following lap
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A 52-year-old woman underwent a laparoscopic left hemicolectomy for a sigmoid malignancy; on the third post-operative day after an uneventful procedure, she developed a massive surgical emphysema involving her face, neck and chest with associated pneumoperitoneum but without any evidence of pneumothorax. A gastrograffin enema ruled out an anastomotic leak. Apart from a borderline tachycardia, mildly low saturations and an area of erythema in her right flank, she was totally asymptomatic. The emphysema resolved spontaneously around the 6th post-operative...

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