Turkish Thoracic Journal
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Pneumothorax: A Rare Entity During Pregnancy

Pneumothorax: A Rare Entity During Pregnancy


Clinic of Thoracic Surgery, University of Health Sciences İzmir Bozyaka Training and Research Hospital, Turkey


Department of Thoracic Surgery, Ege University, School of Medicine, İzmir, Turkey


Clinic of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Katip Çelebi University Atatürk Training and Research Hospital, İzmir, Turkey

Turk Thorac J 2019; 20: 206-208
DOI: 10.5152/TurkThoracJ.2018.18154
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Pneumothorax is a rarely seen condition during pregnancy, when changes in the respiratory physiology can sensitize the mother and fetus to the signs of hypoxia. Symptoms of pneumothorax, such as dyspnea, tachypnea, and chest pain, can also be attributed to pregnancy and complications with pregnancy and this can lead to misdiagnoses. The limitations in the use of diagnostic tests, such as chest X-ray and computed tomography, make treatment more difficult. Here, we report of two cases admitted to our hospital due to spontaneous pneumothorax during pregnancy. The diagnosis of pneumothorax was made based on a thorax ultrasonography in both patients, whereas a chest X-ray was used in the follow-up period, without the need for a thorax tomography. While one patient was treated via a tube thoracostomy, the other was treated via video-assisted thoracoscopic surgery.


Cite this article as: Kavurmacı Ö, Akçam Tİ, Akgün Kavurmacı S, et al. Pneumothorax: A Rare Entity During Pregnancy. Turk Thorac J 2019; 20(3): 206-8.

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