What are possible complications of pneumothorax?

Updated: Apr 28, 2020
  • Author: Brian J Daley, MD, MBA, FACS, FCCP, CNSC; Chief Editor: Mary C Mancini, MD, PhD, MMM  more...
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Pneumothorax complications include the following:

  • Hypoxemic respiratory failure
  • Respiratory or cardiac arrest
  • Hemopneumothorax
  • Bronchopulmonary fistula
  • Pulmonary edema (following lung reexpansion)
  • Empyema
  • Pneumomediastinum
  • Pneumopericardium
  • Pneumoperitoneum
  • Pyopneumothorax

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