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

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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


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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.


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pnuemorrhachis; spontaneous pneumomediastinum; epidural air

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