Pneumothorax after orthognathic surgery.

  title={Pneumothorax after orthognathic surgery.},
  author={Michaela L Goodson and Ravi Manemi and Antony W Paterson},
  journal={The British journal of oral & maxillofacial surgery},
  volume={48 3},
We report the case of an 18-year-old girl who had pneumothorax two days after bimaxillary osteotomy to correct a severe Class II malocclusion. Chest radiograph showed left-sided pneumothorax with complete collapse of the underlying lung and mediastinal shift to the left. A chest drain was inserted and she made an uneventful recovery. The aetiology may be iatrogenic or spontaneous, but we have found no previous reports of pneumothorax after orthognathic surgery.