Tension fecal pneumothorax in a postpartum patient

L. Lacayo, J. M. Taveras, N. Sosa, K. R. Ratzan

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A 20-year-old woman developed severe shortness of breath 4 h after a cesarean section. Chest roentgenogram showed a pleural effusion and tension pneumothorax; insertion of a chest tube drained liquid stool. At surgery she was found to have a left diaphragmatic defect with herniation, strangulation, and perforation of the transverse colon into the pleural cavity.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)950-951
Number of pages2
Issue number3
StatePublished - Jan 1 1993

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pulmonary and Respiratory Medicine
  • Critical Care and Intensive Care Medicine
  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine

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    Lacayo, L., Taveras, J. M., Sosa, N., & Ratzan, K. R. (1993). Tension fecal pneumothorax in a postpartum patient. CHEST, 103(3), 950-951. https://doi.org/10.1378/chest.103.3.950