Neonatal pneumothorax series

Case contributed by Dr Ian Bickle


Newborn. Developed aberrant respiratory parameters.

Patient Data

Age: 2 days
Gender: Female

Initial film, but respiratory problems developed.

Nasogastric tube tip below the diaphragm.

Coarse Interstitial opacities in right lung upper zone, hyperlucent middle zone.
Bilateral infrahilar subsegmental atelectasis.


The next morning

Hyperlucency of the right hemithorax with mediastinal displacement.

Nasogastric tube tip just in the stomach.  Endotracheal tube.


Endotracheal tube and NG tube.

Air in the right pleural space.


Endotracheal tube and nasogastric tube,

Right pleural drain.

The right pneumothorax has resolved.

Case Discussion

A series of images in a newborn who developed a pneumothorax, including the use of a horizontal beam lateral view (a.k.a. cross-table lateral) in the diagnosis and management of pneumothorax.

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Case information

rID: 80761
Published: 6th Aug 2020
Last edited: 1st May 2021
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