Reexpansion Pulmonary Edema a Rare Complication after Intercostal Drainage Tube for Pneumothorax: A Case Report and Literature Overview

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Harshal Jaikumar Gandhi, Anil Kishanrao Sontakke


In the emergency room, a middle-aged female patient with pneumothorax received treatment with an intercostal drainage tube. After a while, she experienced reexpansion pulmonary edema and was moved to the intensive care unit to receive more ventilatory assistance. After a while, the edema and dyspnea subsided, and the patient was released with good clinical results.

Rapidly progressing hypoxemia and respiratory discomfort following an intercostal drainage tube are the hallmarks of reexpansion pulmonary edema. Early detection of the symptoms and signs of reexpansion pulmonary edema is crucial Early intervention may result in the best outcome.

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