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CASE REPORT
Spontaneous pneumothorax following caesarean section under spinal anaesthesia
  1. Karan Madan1,
  2. Navneet Singh1,
  3. Vanita Jain2,
  4. Ashutosh Nath Aggarwal1
  1. 1Department of Pulmonary Medicine, PGIMER, Chandigarh, India
  2. 2Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, PGIMER, Chandigarh, India
  1. Correspondence to Dr Navneet Singh, navneetchd{at}hotmail.com

Summary

It is unusual for pneumothorax to occur spontaneously during pregnancy. Its occurrence during or following caesarean section is extremely uncommon with only three other cases reported previously. In none of the reported cases, was the caesarean section performed under spinal anaesthesia. We report the successful management of a multigravida female patient, who developed spontaneous pneumothorax following caesarean section, performed under spinal anaesthesia. Tube thoracostomy was required for management and the patient had an uneventful recovery.

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