Year : 2014  |  Volume : 8  |  Issue : 4  |  Page : 550-553

Use of ultrasound to diagnose pneumothorax after video assisted thoracic surgery: Do we need to acquire a new skill?

Department of Anesthesia and Critical Care, Grant Medical College and Sir J.J. Group of Hospitals, Byculla, Mumbai, Maharashtra, India

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Dr. Surbhi D Mundada
Department of Anesthesia and Critical Care, 6th Floor, Main Hospital Building, Grant Medical College and Sir J. J. Groups of Hospitals, Byculla, Mumbai - 400 008, Maharashtra
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DOI: 10.4103/1658-354X.140897

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Diagnosis of a pneumothorax in the immediate post-operative area can be difficult. Traditional gold-standard modalities may not be available or feasible to institute. Ultrasound (US) guidance allows the anesthesia provider a method of quickly detecting this potentially life-threatening complication especially when it's least expected. We encountered such a case when a 40 years male patient posted for video assisted thoracic surgery for drainage of empyema on left side of chest developed pneumothorax on right side post-operatively. Timely diagnosis with the help of US saved time and his life. We thus want to emphasize the importance of this simple but useful skill to the anesthesiologist.

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