Hypoxemia after pneumothorax exsufflation: a case report

  • William Ngatchou
  • Gildas-paulin Yondou Sandjo
  • Daniel Lemogoum
  • Pierre Youatou
  • Ahmed Sabry Ramadan
  • Regis Sontou
  • Maimouna Bol Alima
  • Alain Plumaker
  • Virginie Guimfacq
  • Pierre Mols
  • Michèle Ngassa
Keywords: Pneumothorax, re-expansion, oedema, hypoxemia


We describe a 36-year-old patient who was admitted to the emergency ward for acute dyspnea due to a spontaneous pneumothorax. He was successfully drained but shortly after presented a severe hypoxemia due to pulmonary oedema secondary to pulmonary re-expansion. The physiopathology behind this complication is still unknown. We will try to describe this complication and its predictive factors.

Keywords: Pneumothorax, re-expansion, oedema, hypoxemia


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