Re-expansion pulmonary edema in a patient with total pneumothorax: a hazardous outcome
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Re-expansion pulmonary edema (REPE) is a rare complication of treatment of spontaneous pneumothorax or large pleural effusions. As a complication of spontaneous pneumothorax treatment, only few cases are documented, and even fewer document the role of non-invasive continuous positive airway pressure mechanical ventilation for treatment of this rare entity. We present a case of 23-year-old man who presented with left-sided pneumothorax, developed unilateral REPE and was treated with non-invasive continuous positive airway pressure.
KeywordsRe-expansion pulmonary edema Pneumothorax Non-invasive mechanical ventilation Continuous positive airway pressure
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