Post surgical pneumothorax
Day 2 post multivalvular repair
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There are loss of lung markings in the left apex, with associated pleural edge, consistent with pneumothorax.
All the classic signs of pneumothorax are present in this study. They include:
- loss of peripheral lung markings
- presence of a pleural edge
- peripheral lung space lucency
Pneumothorax post cardiac surgery is an uncommon occurrence, with an incidence of 1.4% 1. Conservative management with chest tube insertion is considered the most appropriate intervention.
- 1. Douglas JM, Spaniol S. Prevention of postoperative pneumothorax in patients undergoing cardiac surgery. Am. J. Surg. 2002;183 (5): 551-3. Pubmed citation