CASE REPORT
Year : 2014  |  Volume : 3  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 405-407

Bulla or pneumothorax? - A radiological dilemma


1 Associate Professor, Department of Anaesthesiology, Kasturba Medical College, Manipal University, Karnataka, India
2 Junior Resident, Department of Anaesthesiology, Kasturba Medical College, Manipal University, Karnataka, India

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Krishnamurthy Narasimha Prasad
Associate Professor, Department of Anaesthesiology, Kasturba Medical College, Manipal University, Karnataka
India
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Diagnosing and treating pneumothorax can be an emergency life-saving situation. However, differentiating pneumothorax from bulla may be difficult in some circumstances and requires careful attention to details on the chest radiograph. We report a case of loculated hydropneumothorax which initially presented like a bulla. We wish to highlight the atypical radiographic presentation of pneumothorax empasising the importance of careful interpretation of chest radiograph. Follow up radiologic imaging or computed tomogram/magnetic resonance imaging would be required in such cases if the clinical and radiographic diagnosis do not match.


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