Traumatic pneumothorax

Case contributed by David Cuete


Road traffic accident

Patient Data

Age: 50 years

CT Chest


Computed tomography shows a large pneumothorax secondary to multiple right sided rib fractures. In the context of trauma, this may represent a hemopneumothorax. There is pulmonary hemorrhage within both lungs. A significant quantity of gas is seen within the soft tissues of the chest wall.

Case Discussion

This case shows the multiple injuries that may suffer a polytraumatized patient.

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