Recurrent spontaneous pneumothorax during pregnancy managed conservatively: A case report

Mohamed Faisal Abdul Hamid, Hazwani Aziz, Soo Chun Ian, Rea Ban Yu-Lin

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Abstract

A 36-year-old lady presented with four episodes of right sided pneumothorax during pregnancy requiring multiple chest drain insertion. It was complicated with persistent air leak despite low pressure high volume suction applied to the chest drainage. She delivered safely through spontaneous vaginal delivery with chest drainage. Further imaging by high resolution computed tomography (HRCT) scan of thorax done revealed bilateral scattered pulmonary cysts and sub pleural bullae and was later followed up with respiratory unit. She had no further episodes of pneumothorax postpartum. This case highlights the vital importance of prompt recognition and management of pneumothorax in pregnancy as the patient involved is at higher risk for acute respiratory failure leading to maternal and/or foetal mortality. It is essential for early involvement of obstetric team and to expedite the delivery for a better perinatal and maternal outcome.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)93-95
Number of pages3
JournalMedical Journal of Malaysia
Volume71
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 1 Apr 2016

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Fetal Mortality
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Keywords

  • Pregnancy
  • Recurrent pneumothorax

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Recurrent spontaneous pneumothorax during pregnancy managed conservatively : A case report. / Abdul Hamid, Mohamed Faisal; Aziz, Hazwani; Ian, Soo Chun; Ban Yu-Lin, Rea.

In: Medical Journal of Malaysia, Vol. 71, No. 2, 01.04.2016, p. 93-95.

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Abdul Hamid, Mohamed Faisal ; Aziz, Hazwani ; Ian, Soo Chun ; Ban Yu-Lin, Rea. / Recurrent spontaneous pneumothorax during pregnancy managed conservatively : A case report. In: Medical Journal of Malaysia. 2016 ; Vol. 71, No. 2. pp. 93-95.
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