Visual Diagnosis in Emergency Medicine| Volume 17, ISSUE 6, P1047-1048, November 1999

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A case of traumatic pneumocephalus

      A 39-year-old male presented to the Emergency Department (ED) with a chief complaint of headache for 3 days. The patient had fallen down a flight of stairs 3 days prior to presentation and had a loss of consciousness. Following the event, he noted clear nasal discharge and a salty taste in the back of his throat that had resolved spontaneously after 24 h. He finally sought medical attention for worsening headaches, intermittent dizziness, and right eye pain.
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      Figure 1Large arrows point to frontal subdural pneumocephalus. Small arrow points to intraventricular air.
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