Tension pyopneumothorax

Maria Samovsky, Norman Loberant, Joseph Lemer, Edward Altman

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Tension pyopneumothorax is a rare complication of pneumonia and subpleural abscess eroding into the pleural space. We present a case of tension pyopneumothorax in a drug addict. Successful treatment consisted of pleural drainage and parenteral antibiotics. The presence of an air-fluid level accompanying tension pneumothorax on chest radiograph should alert the physician to the possibility of this emergency condition.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)437-438
Number of pages2
JournalClinical Imaging
Issue number6
StatePublished - Nov 2005
Externally publishedYes


  • Pneumonia complications
  • Pneumothorax
  • Pyopneumothorax
  • Tension pneumothorax


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