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Spontaneous Pneumothorax during the Recovery Phase of Coronavirus Disease-19 Pneumonia

Begum Oktem, Tarık Yağcı, Fatih Uzer

Keywords : Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, coronavirus disease 2019, pneumothorax

Citation Information : Oktem B, Yağcı T, Uzer F. Spontaneous Pneumothorax during the Recovery Phase of Coronavirus Disease-19 Pneumonia. Indian J Respir Care 2021; 10 (1):116-119.

DOI: 10.4103/ijrc.ijrc_72_20

License: CC BY-NC-SA 4.0

Published Online: 06-12-2022

Copyright Statement:  Copyright © 2021; Indian Journal of Respiratory Care.


There is not enough information about short- and long-term complications of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) infection, following treatment. Pneumothorax due to barotrauma after adult respiratory distress syndrome has been observed in some viral infections. However, spontaneous pneumothorax occurring after treatment is uncommon. We report a case of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), who presented to the emergency department with pneumothorax 1 month after receiving treatment for COVID-19 infection. The patient had shortness of breath starting 3 weeks after discharge. He had a history of hospitalization due to a COPD attack within the past year. He was diagnosed as pneumothorax with radiological imaging.

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