A unique case of foreign body aspiration and recurrent pneumothorax


Submitted: 7 September 2017
Accepted: 15 November 2017
Published: 15 December 2017
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  • 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.
  • 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.
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.

Lima, M., Ugolini, S., Di Salvo, N., Libri, M., Gargano, T., & Ruggeri, G. (2017). A unique case of foreign body aspiration and recurrent pneumothorax. La Pediatria Medica E Chirurgica, 39(4). https://doi.org/10.4081/pmc.2017.171

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