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Echinococcal tension pneumothorax
  1. Farhan Bakir,
  2. Muayyad M. Al-Omeri
  1. Medical Department, Medical College and Republic Hospital, University of Baghdad, Baghdad, Iraq
  2. Cardio-thoracic Unit, Medical College and Republic Hospital, University of Baghdad, Baghdad, Iraq

    Abstract

    Hydatid cyst is rarely mentioned among the causes of pneumothorax in text-books or monographs, especially those written in English. Five examples of tension pneumothorax secondary to ruptured hydatid cyst of the lung are reported: the mechanism of this tension effect and helpful diagnostic points are discussed. We think that surgical correction is the only satisfactory treatment of tension pneumothorax due to ruptured hydatid cyst: surgery is advocated in any suspected cyst as soon as it is discovered so as to avoid any such serious complication.

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