Traumatic pneumorrhachis (PR) is a rare entity. There are only a few single cases published in English literature. In most of these cases PR was accidentally found during CT-diagnostics and remained asymptomatic. The exact pathogenesis of traumatic PR has not been conclusively clarified. It is assumed, that a sudden increase in thoracic pressure causes air to escape the alveoli and migrates along the fasciae towards the spinal canal. In this study we reviewed the patients of our clinic for 13 years. Eight Patients with traumatic PR could be detected. This study represents the biggest account of traumatic PR in literature and gives a hint for the diagnostic and therapeutical regimen.
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