Internal Medicine
Online ISSN : 1349-7235
Print ISSN : 0918-2918
ISSN-L : 0918-2918
CASE REPORTS
Pneumothorax in a COVID-19 Pneumonia Patient without Underlying Risk Factors
Takafumi YamayaTomohisa BabaEri HagiwaraSatoshi IkedaTakashi NiwaTakaaki KitayamaKota MurohashiKatsuyuki HigaYozo SatoTakashi Ogura
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2020 Volume 59 Issue 22 Pages 2921-2925

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Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) has been recognized as a worldwide pandemic. However, the clinical course of COVID-19 remains poorly characterized. Although some cases of pneumothorax have been reported, they all had pulmonary complications or were managed with mechanical ventilation. We herein report a case of pneumothorax that developed even though the patient had no pulmonary underlying diseases and had never been managed with mechanical ventilation. In the present case, a lung bulla was found on chest computed tomography during treatment for COVID-19. We concluded that COVID-19 affected the formation of the lung bulla and induced the complication of pneumothorax.

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