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A 63-year-old woman with subcutaneous emphysema following endotracheal intubation

Division of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine, Medical College of Georgia, 1120 15th Street, Room No. BBR5513, Augusta, GA 30912-3135, USA.
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