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Case Report Reexpansion Pulmonary Edema Following the Early Decompression of Pneumothorax Occurred after Anesthetic Induction in a Patient with Lung Bulla: A Case Report
Hye Jin Jeung, Hyun Jung Lee, Seok Jai Kim, Sang Hyun Kwak

DOI: https://doi.org/10.4266/kjccm.2010.25.3.159
Department of Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine, Chonnam National University Medical School, Gwangju, Korea. shkwak@chonnam.ac.kr
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When a rapidly re-expanding lung has been in a state of collapse for more than several days, pulmonary edema sometimes occurs. This is called reexpansion pulmonary edema. In general, it most commonly occurs in patients with a large pneumothorax of long duration. In this case, a 15 year old female patient with a 2.3 cm sized bulla in the right lung developed right pneumothorax after anesthetic induction. Although early drainage by closed thoracostomy was performed, right pulmonary edema eventually occurred. It is unusual that vigorous reexpansion pulmonary edema developed even though early decompression was performed within one hour after development of pneumothorax.


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