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CASE REPORT
Year : 2020  |  Volume : 9  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 113-115

Postoperative pneumomediastinum with bilateral pneumothorax following percutaneous nephrolithotomy


1 Department of Anaesthesia and Critical Care, Command Hospital (Southern Command), Armed Forces Medical College, Pune, Maharashtra, India
2 Department of Anaesthesia and Critical Care, Armed Forces Medical College, Pune, Maharashtra, India

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Saurabh Sud
Department of Anaesthesia and Critical Care, Command Hospital (Southern Command), Armed Forces Medical College, Pune - 411 040, Maharashtra
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DOI: 10.4103/ijrc.ijrc_32_19

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Postoperative pulmonary complications are uncommon following percutaneous nephrolithotomy (PCNL). However, evidence has shown the occurrence of pneumothorax and pneumomediastinum following PCNL. Such life-threatening complications can prove catastrophic if not diagnosed and intervened immediately. Perioperative point-of-care lung ultrasound can play a pivotal role in immediate diagnosis of the pneumothorax and resultant timely intervention limits the morbidity in the immediate postoperative period.


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