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Iatrogenic pneumothorax following vigorous suctioning of mucus plug during flexible bronchoscopy
  1. Valliappan Muthu,
  2. Inderpaul Singh Sehgal,
  3. Kuruswamy Thurai Prasad and
  4. Ritesh Agarwal
  1. Department of Pulmonary Medicine, Post Graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research, Chandigarh, India
  1. Correspondence to Dr Ritesh Agarwal; agarwal.ritesh{at}


Flexible bronchoscopy is a commonly performed procedure in pulmonary medicine. The common complications following bronchoscopy include minor bleeding, transient hypoxaemia, pneumothorax and others. Pneumothorax during diagnostic flexible bronchoscopy is mainly encountered after performing transbronchial lung biopsy. Iatrogenic pneumothorax is uncommon when lung biopsy is not performed. Herein, we report the unusual occurrence of pneumothorax following bronchoscopic suctioning while removing a mucus plug.

  • pneumothorax
  • respiratory system
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  • Contributors VM: patient management, drafted and revised the manuscript. ISS, KTP and RA: patient management and revised the manuscript.

  • Funding The authors have not declared a specific grant for this research from any funding agency in the public, commercial or not-for-profit sectors.

  • Competing interests None declared.

  • Patient consent for publication Obtained.

  • Provenance and peer review Not commissioned; externally peer reviewed.

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