Pulmonary radiofrequency ablation complicated by tension pneumothorax

Ben Moreno, Albert A. Nemcek

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Pneumothorax is a common complication of radiofrequency ablation of pulmonary lesions. During a treatment session, a moderate pneumothorax was initially managed by placement of a pigtail catheter. Due to technical considerations, ablation of the lesion was not performed; given resolution of the pneumothorax, the pigtail catheter was removed. However, after a short time, the patient's vital signs abruptly deteriorated and the diagnosis of tension pneumothorax was made clinically. A small-gauge catheter was emergently inserted with prompt improvement in the patient's condition, and a chest tube was subsequently placed via this access in the interventional department for definitive treatment.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)183-186
Number of pages4
JournalSeminars in Interventional Radiology
Issue number2
StatePublished - Jun 24 2011


  • Radiofrequency ablation
  • pneumothorax
  • thoracic interventions

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging
  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine


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