Case contributed by A.Prof Frank Gaillard


Left sided pleuritic chest pain.

Patient Data

Age: 15
Gender: Male

Large left-sided pneumothorax with almost complete collapse of the left lung. 


Left intercostal catheter has been inserted. Left lung has re-inflated with a residual left apical pneumothorax. 

Case Discussion

There is no evidence of tension in this spontaneous pneumothorax. Most of these are thought to arise from a subpleural bleb or bullae, although areas of pleural inflammation may also be a cause.

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Case information

rID: 12568
Published: 17th Dec 2010
Last edited: 16th Jul 2018
System: Chest
Inclusion in quiz mode: Included

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