Spontaneous Pneumothorax in an Elderly Patient With Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) Pneumonia
Rehman T, Josephson G, Sunbuli M, Chadaga AR. Spontaneous pneumothorax in an elderly patient with coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pneumonia. Ochsner J. 2020;20(3):343-345.
Background: The relationship between the 2019 novel coronavirus (COVID-19) and pneumothorax is not yet established. As of June 2020, few cases of nonintubated patients developing pneumothorax had been documented.
Case Report: We present the case of an elderly patient with COVID-19 pneumonia that resulted in a prolonged hospital course because of pneumothorax complication. The patient did not develop severe symptoms and did not require intubation.
Conclusion: This case report should aid clinicians assessing patients with COVID-19 pneumonia.