An Unusual Presentation of Bronchial Rupture

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Abstract:

Persistent hydropneumothorax was diagnosed in a 62-year-old female with a history of blunt trauma, although she was treated with chest tube and closed underwater seal drainage. Computed tomography and fiberoptic bronchoscopy findings were consistent with “fallen lung” syndrome. Fiberoptic bronchoscopy also found a cavitary lesion at the right tracheobronchial angle. Forceps biopsy of the cavitary lesion indicated bronchogenic carcinoma. Our final diagnosis was tracheobronchial complete rupture and fallen lung syndrome secondary to malignancy.

Keywords: blunt chest trauma; bronchial rupture; fallen lung

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.4187/respcare.01012

Affiliations: Department of Pulmonary Diseases, Celal Bayar University, Manisa, Turkey

Publication date: June 1, 2011

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