BMJ Case Reports 2012; doi:10.1136/bcr.09.2011.4776
  • Rare disease

Pneumomediastinum in a snorkelling diver

  1. Raphael Teatino2
  1. 1Caye Caulker Clinic, Belize Medial Associates Ltd, Belize City, Belize
  2. 2Cardiology Department, Homerton Hospital, Maldon, Essex, UK
  1. Correspondence to Dr Raphael Teatino, r.teatino{at}


Pneumomediastinum is an uncommon disorder seen in shallow water divers. The authors present the case of a 25-year-old who sustained a pneumomediastinum while snorkelling; his presentation, investigation results, treatment and response.


  • Competing interests None.

  • Patient consent Obtained.

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