Tension pneumothorax

Case contributed by Pir Abdul Ahad Aziz Qureshi
Diagnosis certain


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.

How to use cases

You can use Radiopaedia cases in a variety of ways to help you learn and teach.

Creating your own cases is easy.

Updating… Please wait.

 Unable to process the form. Check for errors and try again.

 Thank you for updating your details.