A case of pneumothorax due to non-invasive mechanical ventilation
İbrahim Koç 1 * , Ayşen Dökme, Adem Bayraktar, Abdulaziz Kaya
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1 Viranşehir Devlet Hastanesi Göğüs Hastalıkları, Şanlıurfa, Turkey
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Emphysema is enlargement of alveolus, alveolary ducts and destruction of alveolary wall. One of complications of non-invasive mechanical ventilation (NIMV) is barotrauma of damaged lung. Here we present a 75 years old male who had Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD), emphysema for 5 years and suffered from pneumothorax after NIMV. During treatment with NIMV his general condition deteriorated and oxygen saturation decreased immediately. Chest X-ray and tomography revealed pneumothorax. Chest tube inserted under local anesthesia. Although NIMV might seem like innocent, in patients whose general condition immediately worsens, oxygen saturation decreases, has emphysema and bullous lesions pneumothorax must be excluded.


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J Clin Exp Invest, 2014 - Volume 5 Issue 3, pp. 469-471

Publication date: 09 Sep 2014

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