Tension pneumothorax

Case contributed by A.Prof Frank Gaillard


ICU patient with pneumonia and ARDS.

Patient Data

Age: 30 years
Gender: Female

Mobile chest x-ray of an intubated patient with a large right-sided pneumothorax. The right lung is collapsed and there is leftward shift of the mediastinum consistent with a tension pneumothorax

Case Discussion

This intubated patient developed a spontaneous tension pneumothorax, presumably related to high-pressure ventilation.

The right central venous catheter had been in situ for a number of days without incident.

A chest tube was inserted and the patient stabilised.

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Case information

rID: 10970
Published: 5th Oct 2010
Last edited: 13th Nov 2018
System: Chest
Tag: cxr
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