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Spontaneous Pneumothorax Complicating COVID-19 Pneumonia in a Patient Having Silicosis

Ramakant Dixit, Mukesh Goyal, Avinash Gupta, Jitendra Jalutharia

Keywords : Coronavirus disease 2019 pneumonia, pneumothorax, silicosis

Citation Information : Dixit R, Goyal M, Gupta A, Jalutharia J. Spontaneous Pneumothorax Complicating COVID-19 Pneumonia in a Patient Having Silicosis. Indian J Respir Care 2022; 11 (1):80-82.

DOI: 10.4103/ijrc.ijrc_143_21

License: CC BY-NC-SA 4.0

Published Online: 06-12-2022

Copyright Statement:  Copyright © 2022; Indian Journal of Respiratory Care.


Spontaneous pneumothorax is a very uncommon occurrence in patients having coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pneumonia. It is mostly seen due to barotrauma in patients receiving mechanical ventilation. Although it may occur at different courses of COVID pneumonia and in patients with no underlying lung disease, it has been seen in patients having underlying asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, and bronchiectasis. This report describes spontaneous pneumothorax in a silicosis patient during the course of COVID-19 pneumonia with successful outcomes. Possible mechanism of pneumothorax in COVID-19 pneumonia and contributing the role of silicosis is also mentioned with the importance of detecting such complications in time to reduce mortality in such patients.

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