ISSN : 1301-5680
e-ISSN : 2149-8156
Turkish Journal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery     
Recurrent spontaneous pneumothorax in pregnancy
Deniz Cemgil Arıkan1, Mahmut Tokur2, Mehmet Ergin3, Derya Yenibertiz4
1Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Medical Faculty of Kahramanmaraş Sütçü İmam Üniversity, Kahramanmaraş, Turkey
2Department of Chest Surgey, Medical Faculty of Kahramanmaraş Sütçü İmam Üniversity, Kahramanmaraş, Turkey
3Department of Emergency, Medical Faculty of Selçuk University, Konya, Turkey
4Department of Chest Dsease, Kahramanmaraş State Hospital, Kahramanmaraş, Turkey
DOI : 10.5606/tgkdc.dergisi.2013.5658
Spontaneous pneumothorax is a life-threatening pathology which occurs rarely during pregnancy. In this article, we report a 28-years-old G2P1 pregnant female case with a gestational week of 34 who was admitted to our antenatal clinic with the complaints of chest pain and dyspnea. Chest X-ray showed an extensive pneumothorax in the right side. Pneumothorax developed twice over approximately 15 days following chest tube insertion. An urgent cesarean section was performed under spinal anesthesia with the chest drain in situ. During her follow-up the thoracic computed tomography revealed a bulla at the lower lobe of the right hemithorax. We performed right thoracotomy and bullectomy.
Keywords : Pneumothorax; pregnancy; recurrence; spontaneous
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