ACTA SCIENTIFIC CLINICAL CASE REPORTS

Case Report Volume 4 Issue 12

Vanishing Lung Syndrome – What Happens When you Stick a Drain into a Giant Bulla?

Samanvitha Vengaldas1*, Soumya Guha2 and Monalisa Mishra3

1Department of Respiratory medicine, Utkal Hospital, Bhubaneshwar, Orissa, India
2Department of Cardio Thoracic and Vascular Surgery, Utkal Hospital, Bhubaneshwar, Orissa, India
3Department of Critical Care Medicine, Utkal Hospital, Bhubaneswar, Orissa, India

*Corresponding Author: Samanvitha Vengaldas, Junior Consultant, Department of Respiratory medicine, Utkal Hospital, Bhubaneshwar, Orissa, India.

Received: October 30, 2023; Published:November 22, 2023

Abstract

Vanishing lung syndrome, also known as Giant Bullous Emphysema, primarily affects young male smokers and is often misdiagnosed as pneumothorax. Detailed radiological workup aids in accurate diagnosis and appropriate management.

Case Report: We present the case of a 25-year-old female who experienced three episodes of hemoptysis and was initially misdiagnosed with right-sided pneumothorax based on clinical and chest radiographic findings. Subsequently, an intercostal drain was inserted on the right side at an outside hospital. Upon persistent right pneumothorax, the patient was referred to our hospital, where further imaging studies revealed giant bullae occupying the right hemithorax. Following comprehensive investigations, the patient underwent Video-Assisted Thoracoscopic Surgery (VATS) and bullectomy.

Conclusion: This case report underscores the significance of clinical and radiological assessment in achieving a timely diagnosis and appropriate management of vanishing lung syndrome, thereby minimizing potential complications.

Keywords: Giant Bullae; Pneumothorax; Video-Assisted Thoracic Surgery; Pulmonary Disease

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Citation

Citation: Samanvitha Vengaldas., et al. “Vanishing Lung Syndrome – What Happens When you Stick a Drain into a Giant Bulla?". Acta Scientific Clinical Case Reports 4.12 (2023): 44-48.

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Copyright: © 2023 Samanvitha Vengaldas., 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.




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