General Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery

, Volume 60, Issue 9, pp 614–617 | Cite as

Re-expansion pulmonary edema in a patient with total pneumothorax: a hazardous outcome

  • Timothy SakellaridisEmail author
  • Ioannis Panagiotou
  • Athanassios Arsenoglou
  • Konstantinos Kaselouris
  • Anastasios Piyis
Case Report


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.


Re-expansion pulmonary edema Pneumothorax Non-invasive mechanical ventilation Continuous positive airway pressure 


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© The Japanese Association for Thoracic Surgery 2012

Authors and Affiliations

  • Timothy Sakellaridis
    • 1
    Email author
  • Ioannis Panagiotou
    • 1
  • Athanassios Arsenoglou
    • 2
  • Konstantinos Kaselouris
    • 1
  • Anastasios Piyis
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Thoracic Surgery401 Military Hospital of AthensAthensGreece
  2. 2.Intensive Care Unit401 Military Hospital of AthensAthensGreece

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