alexa Pneumothorax Ex Vacuo by Severe pleuramesothelioma
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Pneumothorax Ex Vacuo by Severe pleuramesothelioma

Falkenstern-Ge RF1*, Kimmich M1, Wohlleber M1, Friedel G2, Ott G3 and Kohlhäufl M1

1Division of Pulmonology, Center for Pulmonology and Thoracic Surgery, Teaching Hospital of the University of Tuebingen, Germany

2Division of Thoracic Surgery, Center for Pulmonology and Thoracic Surgery, Teaching Hospital of the University of Tuebingen, Germany

3Department of Clinical Pathology, Robert Bosch Krankenhaus, Teaching Hospital of the University of Tuebingen, Germany

*Corresponding Author:
Falkenstern Ge RF
Division of Pulmonology, Klinik Schillerhoehe
Center for Pulmonology and Thoracic Surgery
Teaching Hospital of the University of Tuebingen
Solitude Str. 18, 70839 Stuttgart- Gerlingen, Germany
Tel: 07156-2030
E-mail: [email protected]

Received date: April 05, 2016; Accepted date: June 30, 2016; Published date: July 03, 2016

Citation: Falkenstern Ge RF, Kimmich M, Wohlleber M, Friedel G, Ott G, et al. (2016) Pneumothorax Ex Vacuo by Severe pleuramesothelioma. Oncol Cancer Case Rep 2:114. doi:10.4172/2471-8556.1000114

Copyright: © 2016 Falkenstern Ge GF, et al. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.



Pneumothorax ex vacuo is a rare type of pneumothorax which forms adjacent to an atelectatic lobe. Pneumothorax ex vacuo occurs if the underlying lung is unable to expand, for example due to bronchial obstruction under severe pleuramesothelioma. In this situation, the pleural effusion was caused by lung collapse, leading to negative pressure in the pleura which gradually pulled in fluid. The primary problem is not the pleural effusion, but rather the fact that the lung cannot expand. Our patient has severe pleuramesothelioma. The palliative chemotherapy was already initiated. Due to progressive dyspnea, a thoracentesis with implication of pleurX-catheter was performed in this situation.


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