Idiopathic, bilateral pneumothorax: Case report in a young child

Peter S. Dayan, Bruce L. Klein

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Unilateral, idiopathic pneumothorax (IP) is relatively common and occurs predominantly in males in their teens and twenties, with 85% presenting before age forty. In contrast, bilateral IP occurs rarely, with only three cases reported from 1977-87. To our knowledge, only one case of bilateral IP has been reported in the pediatric population, an adolescent male with likely recurrent disease. We present a case of a 7-year-old child with bilateral IP and discuss the diagnosis, pathophysiology, and treatment of this entity.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)505-508
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of Emergency Medicine
Issue number4
StatePublished - Jan 1 1995
Externally publishedYes


  • idiopathic pneumothorax
  • subpleural blebs

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Emergency Medicine


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