A rare cause of hyperamylasemia: A case with pneumothorax and subcutaneous emphysema around the parotid gland in a trauma patient



Hyperamylasemia, Acute pancreatitis, Pneumothorax, Subcutaneous emphysema, Parotitis


Amylase is a common laboratory test in emergency departments, especially in trauma patients. Although hyperamylasemia is mostly caused by injury to the pancreas in trauma patients, non-pancreatic causes of hyperamylasemia are not rare. Being aware of these causes may prevent unnecessary diagnostic tests. In this study, we presented a trauma patient with hyperamylasemia of non-pancreatic origin. Possible mechanisms of hyperamylasemia in our case are acute hypoxia-induced hyperamylasemia because of left lung pneumothorax and massage-like activity of subcutaneous emphysema around the parotid gland.


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Peksöz R, Asya O. A rare cause of hyperamylasemia: A case with pneumothorax and subcutaneous emphysema around the parotid gland in a trauma patient. J Surg Med [Internet]. 2021 May 1 [cited 2024 Feb. 28];5(5):553-5. Available from: https://jsurgmed.com/article/view/807966