Case Report

Pneumorrhachis: An uncommon radiological entity

Atish Vanmali, Kamlesh D. Daji
South African Journal of Radiology | Vol 25, No 1 | a2255 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/sajr.v25i1.2255 | © 2021 Atish Vanmali, Kamlesh D. Daji | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 26 July 2021 | Published: 29 November 2021

About the author(s)

Atish Vanmali, Department of Diagnostic Radiology, Jackpersad and Partners, Durban, South Africa
Kamlesh D. Daji, Department of Diagnostic Radiology, Jackpersad and Partners, Durban, South Africa

Abstract

Pneumorrhachis (PR) is a rare and interesting phenomenon, in which air is present within the spinal canal. The aetiologies are varied, broadly grouped as traumatic, non-traumatic or iatrogenic. Pneumorrhachis secondary to spontaneous pneumomediastinum (SPM) and barotrauma of the lungs is uncommon and even rarer within the paediatric group. This report describes a paediatric patient presenting with a persistent cough who developed a SPM and subsequent PR.


Keywords

pnuemorrhachis; spontaneous pneumomediastinum; epidural air

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