Tension pneumothorax with chest drain insitu

Case contributed by Dr Mark Holland


Admitted with large right pleural effusion containing mesiothelioma cells

Patient Data

Age: 45
Gender: Female

Complete opacification of the right hemithorax, with midline shift, in keeping with a large pleural effusion.


CXR 5 days later

5 days post right chest drain insertion, routine imaging shows mediastinal shift with a pneumothorax.  The effusion has resolved.

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Case information

rID: 22691
Published: 16th Apr 2013
Last edited: 14th Aug 2019
System: Chest
Inclusion in quiz mode: Included

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