Current Thoracic Surgery 2020 , Vol 5 , Issue 2
Management of pneumothorax in Covid-19 pandemic: a report of two cases
Önder Kavurmacı1,Ekin Zorlu1,Zeki Tuncel Tekgül2,Murat Arslan2,Hüseyin Özkarakaş2
1Department of Thoracic Surgery, Bozyaka Training and Research Hospital, İzmir, Turkey
2Department of Anesthesiology and Reanimation, Bozyaka Training and Research Hospital, İzmir, Turkey
DOI : 10.26663/cts.2020.00021 Viewed : 331 - Downloaded : 197 Although the information increases about the lung damage and radiological findings of SARS-CoV-2 disease day by day, the development of pneumothorax has been reported as a very rare finding, and our information is limited with a few case reports. Here we present a 54-year-old male and a 71-year-old female patient, who were diagnosed spontaneous pneumothorax while they were treating for SARSCoV- 2 pneumonia. A tube thoracostomy performed to each patient for the treatment of pneumothorax. While one case treated with tube thoracostomy successfully prolonged air leak, developed in other patient. Spontaneous pneumothorax should be kept in mind as a differential diagnosis when a sudden hypoxia finding developed in respiratory parameters of patients with SARS-CoV-2. Additional measures also should be taken for these patients during treatment with tube thoracostomy. Keywords : Covid-19, severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2, pneumothorax, prolonged air leak, tube thoracostomy, pandemic