Pneumothorax

Case contributed by Frank Gaillard

Presentation

Left sided pleuritic chest pain.

Patient Data

Age: 15 years
Gender: Male

Chest

x-ray

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

Chest

x-ray

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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