Relapsing pneumothorax due to Ascaris lumbricoides larvae

Monaldi Arch Chest Dis. 1999 Aug;54(4):328-9.


We describe a case of relapsing pneumothorax occurring in a male child aged 11 yrs, resulting from the mechanical inflammatory action of Ascaris lumbricoides larvae localized in the pleuropulmonary tissue. Pulmonary ascariasis should still be considered today in the differential diagnosis of spontaneous pneumothorax occurring in children.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Ascariasis / complications*
  • Ascariasis / diagnosis
  • Ascariasis / surgery
  • Ascaris lumbricoides*
  • Child
  • Humans
  • Larva
  • Male
  • Pneumothorax / parasitology*
  • Pneumothorax / surgery