Pneumocephalus: an uncommon finding in trauma

K. M. Leong, A. Vijayananthan, S. F. Sia, V. Waran

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Pneumocephalus (Intracranial aerocele), defined as intracranial air, is an uncommon complication in head injury patients. It can present immediately following head trauma or be delayed for many days before clinical symptoms occur. We present two cases of extensive pneumocephalus after trauma. The diagnosis was made by computed tomography (CT). When pneumocephalus is suspected, CT can play a vital role in determining the precise location of the gas collection, its relationship to the basal skull fracture site or air sinuses and the amount of mass effect on the brain.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)256-258
Number of pages3
JournalMedical Journal of Malaysia
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 2008
Externally publishedYes


  • pneumocephalus
  • traumatic brain injury
  • basal skull fracture


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