Pneumothorax due to apical blebs - surgically treated

Case contributed by Dr. Chris O'Donnell

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Recurrent left pneumothorax

Patient Data

Age: 20 years
Gender: Female

Left sided pneumothorax.

Recurring left-sided pneumothorax, this time with apparent small apical air-filled blebs (arrows).

Given the repeated episodes, surgical excision was undertaken with a line of surgical staples (arrows) traversing the left apex at the site of the excised blebs.

Case Discussion

Recurrent (non-traumatic) pneumothorax in young people is often due to apical blebs that rupture spontaneously.

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