Hamman's crunch

Hamman's crunch

A rare and dramatic abnormal (adventitious) sound heard on auscultation of the chest, which may trigger an extensive workup and hospitalisation, but if recognised can be managed on an outpatient basis with serial chest radiographs to ensure resolution of the pneumomediastinum or pneumothorax.
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Hamman's crunch of pneumomediastinum is an unusual, adventitious sound heard on auscultation of the chest.
The consultant diagnosed the problem as Hamman's crunch of pneumomediastinum.
Our patient presented with a classic Hamman's crunch.
Baumann and Sahn[5] performed thoracic computed tomography on a patient with Hamman's crunch and failed to demonstrate pneumomediastinum.
Nine of these patients presented with Hamman's crunch, 11 had subcutaneous emphysema, 2 had pneumothorax, 13 admitted to illicit inhalational drug use, and 12 described a concomitant history of a "Valsalva type maneuver.