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Massive Subcutaneous Emphysema and Pneumo-Mediastinum after Percutaneous Lung Biopsy
Transthoracic percutaneous computed tomography (CT)-guided lung biopsy is an established procedure for obtaining tissue diagnosis in lung masses with diagnostic accuracy up to 98%. Post procedure complications such as pneumothorax and pulmonary hemorrhage, leading to hemoptysis are relatively frequent. Pneumothorax incidence varies from 15% to 54% with subsequent chest drain required in 1.4% to 16.7% of patients. Here, we describe a case of a 69-year-old man who developed mild pneumothorax during CT-guided lung biopsy with bilateral extensive subcutaneous emphysema and pneumomediastinum 48 hours later.
Article published online:
28 November 2022
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