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Bilateral pneumothorax after bronchoscopy without biopsy-a rare complication: case presentation and literature review.
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PMID:  23207266     Owner:  NLM     Status:  In-Data-Review    
Bronchoscopy and bronchoalveolar lavage (BAL) are widely accepted diagnostic procedures in various pulmonary etiologies. Complications of bronchoscopy are relatively infrequent and most often minor, namely, bleeding and infection. Pneumothorax is a rare complication of bronchoscopy with transbronchial biopsy. Bilateral pneumothorax developing after BAL without biopsy has been rarely described in the literature. A 51-year-old woman presented with symptoms suggestive of reactive airway syndrome and underwent bronchoscopy with BAL to rule out vocal cord paralysis and to investigate other potential causes of her symptoms. Immediately after BAL, she developed bilateral pneumothorax requiring chest tube placement. The pneumothorax was resolved with the chest tube and the patient recovered. However, the etiology of the pneumothorax remained unclear. We presume that cough-related increase in intrathoracic pressure might have led to interstitial air dissection and bilateral pneumothorax.
Setu Patolia; Mehjabin Zahir; Frances Schmidt; Danilo Enriquez; Joseph Quist; Neerja Gulati; Perwaiz Muhammad; Dharani Narendra
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Journal of bronchology & interventional pulmonology     Volume:  19     ISSN:  1948-8270     ISO Abbreviation:  J Bronchology Interv Pulmonol     Publication Date:  2012 Jan 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2012-12-04     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  101496866     Medline TA:  J Bronchology Interv Pulmonol     Country:  United States    
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Languages:  eng     Pagination:  57-60     Citation Subset:  IM    
Pulmonary Medicine, Interfaith Medical Center, Brooklyn, NY.
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