CC BY-NC-ND 4.0 · Journal of Neuroanaesthesiology and Critical Care
DOI: 10.1055/s-0039-1697545
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Indian Society of Neuroanaesthesiology and Critical Care

Is It Time to Modify Definition of Occult Pneumothorax!

Sourav Burman
1  Department of Neuroanaesthesiology and Critical Care, All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), New Delhi, India
,
Vineet Chowdhary
1  Department of Neuroanaesthesiology and Critical Care, All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), New Delhi, India
,
Charu Mahajan
1  Department of Neuroanaesthesiology and Critical Care, All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), New Delhi, India
,
Indu Kapoor
1  Department of Neuroanaesthesiology and Critical Care, All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), New Delhi, India
,
Hemanshu Prabhakar
1  Department of Neuroanaesthesiology and Critical Care, All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), New Delhi, India
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Publication Date:
23 September 2019 (online)

Abstract

Advanced medical technology has enabled diagnosis and management of pneumothorax rapidly and accurately. However, diagnostic dilemma arises when clinical picture does not correlate with normal appearing chest X-ray. We present such a case of an occult pneumothorax diagnosed timely by an ultrasound and promptly addressed. This report compels us to think that should we not redefine occult pneumothorax as “Pneumothorax not suspected in initial chest X-ray or clinical examination but detected on a CT scan or ultrasonography chest”?