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shofar-blowing emphysemaJoe Segen2016-12-05T06:29:03+00:00
A self-explanatory term for painful emphysema of head & neck, caused by blowing the shofar, a wind instrument, which demands high intraoral pressure (embouchure) that is made more difficult by most blowers’ inexperience and their underdeveloped buccal musculature. The increased pressure leads to air percolating into the interstitial tissues of the head and neck.
Note: The Shofar is a ram’s horn trumpet that was blown by the ancient Hebrews in battle and still blown on Jewish high holidays–i.e., before and during Rosh Hashanah and at the end of Yom Kippur or Yom Teruah, the so-called Day of blowing JAMA 1983; 250:2470c