Tension pneumothorax

Case contributed by Dr Pir Abdul Ahad Aziz


Worsening respiratory distress.

Patient Data

Age: neonate

Portable chest x-ray of an intubated patient with a large left-sided pneumothorax. The left lung is collapsed with a contralateral shift of the mediastinum and depressed ipsilateral hemidiaphragm consistent with a tension pneumothorax

Case Discussion

Tension pneumothorax is a medical emergency and requires immediate relieving of tension by inserting a cannula or a needle typically in 2nd intercostal space.

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Case information

rID: 60602
Published: 26th May 2018
Last edited: 14th Aug 2019
Inclusion in quiz mode: Included
Institution: Liaquat National Hospital

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