Development of a Large Pneumatocele in a Patient Recovering from COVID-19 Pneumonitis

  • Frances Hampson Salford Royal NHS Foundation Trust
  • Waleed Salih Department of Respiratory Medicine, Salford Royal NHS Foundation Trust, Salford, UK
  • Jennifer Helm Department of Respiratory Medicine, Salford Royal NHS Foundation Trust, Salford, UK; School of Medicine, University of Manchester, Manchester, UK

Keywords

COVID-19, CT, pneumothorax, pneumatocele

Abstract

A 39-year-old man presented with severe COVID-19 pneumonitis requiring hospital admission. He represented three days following discharge with sudden onset breathlessness and chest pain. Initial imaging suggested the presence of a left pneumothorax. Following further clinical decline a plan was made to insert a CT guided chest drain. However, imaging in the prone position for the procedure unexpectedly revealed a large left lower lobe pneumatocele with only a very small pneumothorax. Events and appearances suggest that this is a rare case of delayed COVID-19 pneumonitis-related pneumatocele formation. We will discuss the clinical significance of this entity.

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  • Published: 2021-06-28

    Issue: 2021: Vol 8 No 6 (view)

    Section: Articles

    How to cite:
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    Hampson F, Salih W, Jennifer Helm. Development of a Large Pneumatocele in a Patient Recovering from COVID-19 Pneumonitis. EJCRIM 2021;8 doi:10.12890/2021_002605.