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Tension Pneumothorax Associated with Hydatid Cyst Rupture

Kürkçüoğlu, Ibrahim Can M.D.; Eroğlu, Atilla M.D.; Karaoğlanoğlu, Nurettin M.D.; Polat, Pinar M.D.

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Hydatid disease is common in Turkey. Tension pneumothorax is rare, but it is an important complication of the hydatid cyst with significant morbidity and mortality. Tension hydropneumothorax secondary to the rupture of a hydatid cyst was detected in 5 of 185 spontaneous pneumothorax cases that were treated in the authors' clinic between 1992 and 1998. All patients were subjected to surgical treatment after urgent tube thoracostomy. No mortality or recurrence was observed at follow-ups of 9 to 24 months.

From the Department of Thoracic Surgery (I.C.K., A.E., N.K.), and the Department of Radiology (P.P.), Atatürk University Medical Faculty, Erzurum, Turkey.

Address correspondence and reprint requests to Dr. Ibrahim Can Kürkçüoğlu, Department of Thoracic Surgery Medical Faculty, Atatürk University, 25000 Erzurum, Turkey; e-mail: cankurkcuoglu@ hotmail.com.tr

© 2002 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.