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A unique case of foreign body aspiration and recurrent pneumothorax

Mario Lima, Sara Ugolini, Niel Di Salvo, Michele Libri, Tommaso Gargano, Giovanni Ruggeri
  • Mario Lima
    Department of Paediatric Surgery, University of Bologna, Sant’Orsola-Malpighi Hospital, Bologna, Italy
  • Sara Ugolini
    Department of Paediatric Surgery, University of Bologna, Sant’Orsola-Malpighi Hospital, Bologna, Italy | s.ugolini@live.it
  • Niel Di Salvo
    Department of Paediatric Surgery, University of Bologna, Sant’Orsola-Malpighi Hospital, Bologna, Italy
  • Michele Libri
    Department of Paediatric Surgery, University of Bologna, Sant’Orsola-Malpighi Hospital, Bologna, Italy
  • Tommaso Gargano
    Department of Paediatric Surgery, University of Bologna, Sant’Orsola-Malpighi Hospital, Bologna, Italy
  • Giovanni Ruggeri
    Department of Paediatric Surgery, University of Bologna, Sant’Orsola-Malpighi Hospital, Bologna, Italy

Abstract

Paediatric foreign body aspiration can be related to a high morbidity/mortality rate, especially in young children, and pneumothorax can be a severe associated issue. We describe a case of a 13-year-old girl with recurrent pneumothorax in bilateral bullous lung, twice previously treated at our institution by robotassisted bullectomy, and once again showing same signs and symptoms. At conventional thoracoscopy an inorganic foreign body was found to be located pointing upwards the apex. We believe this may have acted as a contributory cause in the persistence of the clinical picture, despite the surgical removal of the underlying pathology.

Keywords

Thoracoscopy; Robotic surgery; Foreign body; Pneumothorax; Bullous lung

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Submitted: 2017-09-07 19:11:15
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