Post surgical pneumothorax

Case contributed by Dr Dayu Gai


Day 2 post multivalvular repair

Patient Data

Age: 87
Gender: Male

There are loss of lung markings in the left apex, with associated pleural edge, consistent with pneumothorax.

Case Discussion

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.

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Case information

rID: 43441
Published: 11th Mar 2016
Last edited: 16th Jul 2018
System: Chest
Inclusion in quiz mode: Included

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