Pneumothorax - large with shift

Case contributed by Dr Ian Bickle


Young male increasing short of breath over past 2 hours. No history of trauma.

Patient Data

Age: 26
Gender: Male

Radiolucent right hemithorax.  Enlarged right thoracic cavity.

Collapse of right lung centrally.

Shift of the heart and mediastinum to the left.

Case Discussion

Large pneumothorax, with mild mediastinal shift.

This is a medical emergency.  A small proportion of pneumothoraces will be large enough to result in mediastinal shift ( i.e under tension ).

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Case information

rID: 33500
Published: 18th Jan 2015
Last edited: 16th Jul 2018
System: Chest
Tag: rdgh
Inclusion in quiz mode: Included

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