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Pneumothorax: a common complication of CT-guided transthoracic needle lung biopsy
  1. Subhash Chandra1,
  2. Dipti Agarwal2,
  3. Vikash Singh3,
  4. Anant Mohan1,
  5. Randeep Guleria3
  1. 1
    AIIMS, Medicine, Ansari Nagar, New Delhi, Delhi, 110029, India
  2. 2
    Kailash Clinic, Medicine, Ashok Vihar, New Delhi, 110052, India
  3. 3
    All India Institue of Medical Sceinces, Medicine, Ansari Nagar, New Delhi, Delhi, 110029, India
  1. Subhash Chandra, subhash_doc84{at}yahoo.com

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A 60-year-old intubated male underwent CT-guided transthoracic needle lung biopsy (TNLB) for right upper lobe mass, which proved to be small cell lung cancer. Soon after the procedure, O2 saturation decreased drastically and chest radiogram (CXR) showed appearance of pneumothorax, which was resolved completely on chest tube insertion (figs 1 and 2).

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Serial chest radiogram …

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