Localized pneumothorax with lobar collapse and diffuse obstructive airway disease

K. Nimkin, P. K. Kleimman, R. G. Zwerdling, M. R. Spevak, B. P. O'Sullivan

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Localized pneumothorax adjacent to a collapsed lobe has been reported in children with bronchial obstruction. We present our findings in seven children with a similar phenomenon occurring in association with diffuse obstructive airway disease. The children, aged from 3 weeks to 17 years, were admitted for diffuse obstructive airway disease and, subsequently, developed lobar collapse with adjacent localized pneumothorax. In five of the seven patients there was a paradoxical shift of the mediastinum toward the side of the pneumothorax. In six cases, the pneumothorax resolved spontaneously with lobar reexpansion. A conservative treatment approach to patients with this constellation of radiographic findings appears justified.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)449-451
Number of pages3
JournalPediatric radiology
Issue number6
StatePublished - Aug 1 1995
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health
  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging


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