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Volume 2022, Issue 3
  • ISSN: 0253-8253
  • EISSN: 2227-0426

Abstract

Since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, several infected patients have suffered from unusual and severe complications. Among these rare complications, pneumothorax and pneumomediastinum have attracted clinical attention. Such complications might be challenging to diagnose immediately because of the atypical presentation in some cases. Accurate diagnosis is essential to ensure effective treatment. Here, we present the case of a 62-year-old male who presented with symptoms of COVID-19 acute respiratory distress. There was diffuse subcutaneous emphysema in the face, neck, shoulder, and chest wall on clinical examination. The patient was started on oxygenation via a non-rebreather mask. On further evaluation, his chest X-ray revealed bilateral peripheral opacities in the lung fields, bilateral pneumothorax, and subcutaneous emphysema, after which intercostal drainage tubes were inserted. The patient's oxygen saturation was not satisfactory, and he was switched to a high-flow nasal cannula. However, his condition deteriorated, and he was put on mechanical ventilation and inotropic support. Despite our best efforts, the patient succumbed to the disease. We want to emphasize the importance of this adverse event despite his nonsmoking history and the exclusion of positive pressure ventilation. Although benign, early diagnosis of this condition is vital, as the condition could lead to worse morbidity if left unrecognized.

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Keyword(s): COVID-19PandemicPneumomediastinumPneumothorax and Respiratory complication
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