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Bulla or pneumothorax? - A radiological dilemma

Krishnamurthy Narasimha Prasad, A Amjad, Indu Priyadarshini

Keywords : Bulla, pneumothorax

Citation Information : Prasad KN, Amjad A, Priyadarshini I. Bulla or pneumothorax? - A radiological dilemma. Indian J Respir Care 2014; 3 (1):405-407.

DOI: 10.5005/ijrc-3-1-405

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Published Online: 01-12-2022

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Diagnosing and treating pneumothorax can be an emergency life-saving situation. However, differentiating pneumothorax from bulla may be difficult in some circumstances and requires careful attention to details on the chest radiograph. We report a case of loculated hydropneumothorax which initially presented like a bulla. We wish to highlight the atypical radiographic presentation of pneumothorax empasising the importance of careful interpretation of chest radiograph. Follow up radiologic imaging or computed tomogram/magnetic resonance imaging would be required in such cases if the clinical and radiographic diagnosis do not match.

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