Pneumothorax masked by subcutaneous emphysema after laparoscopic nephrectomy

Jeffrey A. Stern, Robert B. Nadler*

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An 81-year-old man with an enhancing upper-pole renal mass underwent laparoscopic nephrectomy via a retroperitoneal approach. Postoperatively, his systolic blood pressure declined to 72 mm Hg, and arterial blood gas analysis suggested acute respiratory acidosis. Chest radiography suggested subcutaneous emphysema, but a CT scan showed tension pneumothorax. This case illustrates the difficulties in interpretation of chest films caused by the subcutaneous air that is routinely present after laparoscopic procedures.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)457-458
Number of pages2
JournalJournal of Endourology
Issue number5
StatePublished - Jun 1 2004

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Urology

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