HRCT Chest Findings of Re-expansion Pulmonary Edema: A Case Report

Authors

  • Sapana Koirala Charak Memorial Hospital
  • Om Kumar Shrestha Charak Memorial Hospital
  • Sharad Chandra Baral Charak Memorial Hospital

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.3126/njr.v13i1.57830

Keywords:

Dyspnea, Hypoxia, Pneumothorax, Tachypnea

Abstract

Re-expansion pulmonary edema occurs when the lung re-expands after an extended duration of collapse. It is rare with the reported incidence between 0% and 1%. We present a case of a 51-year male who presented with breathlessness, cough and right-sided chest pain. Chest radiograph showed right-sided pneumothorax. After 2 hours of chest tube insertion, the patient developed tachypnea and severe hypoxemia. HRCT chest revealed consolidation, ground glass opacity and smooth interlobular septal thickening in the right lung as well as a small patch of ground glass opacity in the contralateral lung. The serial radiograph showed resolution of consolidation and ground glass opacities.

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Author Biographies

Sapana Koirala, Charak Memorial Hospital

Consultatnt Radiologist, Department of Radiology and Imaging 

Om Kumar Shrestha, Charak Memorial Hospital

Consultant Radiologist, Department of Radiology and Imaging 

Sharad Chandra Baral, Charak Memorial Hospital

Consultant Physician, Department of Medicine

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Published

2023-06-30

How to Cite

Koirala, S., Shrestha, O. K., & Baral, S. C. (2023). HRCT Chest Findings of Re-expansion Pulmonary Edema: A Case Report. Nepalese Journal of Radiology, 13(1), 24–27. https://doi.org/10.3126/njr.v13i1.57830

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Case Reports