Tension Pneumothorax Secondary to Colonic Perforation During Diagnostic Colonoscopy: Report of a Case

@article{Ball2005TensionPS,
  title={Tension Pneumothorax Secondary to Colonic Perforation During Diagnostic Colonoscopy: Report of a Case},
  author={Chad Geoffrey Ball and Andrew W Kirkpatrick and Stephen Mackenzie and Sean M. Bagshaw and Adam D. Peets and Walley J Temple and Paul J E Boiteau},
  journal={Surgery Today},
  year={2005},
  volume={36},
  pages={478-480}
}
We report a case of tension pneumothorax, which occurred secondary to colonic perforation during a colonoscopy. The patient was a 77-year-old woman in whom acute respiratory decompensation developed suddenly during a diagnostic colonoscopy for iron deficiency anemia. We diagnosed bilateral pneumothoraces, tension pneumothorax, pneumomediastinum, pneumoperitoneum, and emphysema of the face, neck, and chest. At laparotomy, a posterior colonic perforation was identified at the site of an ileocolic… CONTINUE READING
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