Cavitary lung disease

Chest. 2001 Jan;119(1):300-2. doi: 10.1378/chest.119.1.300.


A 20-year-old female Ethiopian refugee presented with a 6-month history of cough and progressive left shoulder tip pain. After extensive investigation, which failed to demonstrate a cause, she proceeded to thoracotomy, where a 25-cm length of tubing was found that had perforated the left hemidiaphragm and had extended into the apex of the left lung. This appeared to have arisen as a complication of a termination of pregnancy performed years previously. This represents the first reported case of significant pulmonary trauma arising as a complication of a termination of pregnancy.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Abortion, Induced / instrumentation*
  • Adult
  • Australia
  • Diagnosis, Differential
  • Ethiopia / ethnology
  • Female
  • Foreign-Body Migration / diagnostic imaging*
  • Foreign-Body Migration / surgery
  • Humans
  • Lung / diagnostic imaging
  • Lung / surgery
  • Lung Injury*
  • Refugees*
  • Surgical Instruments*
  • Tomography, X-Ray Computed
  • Tuberculosis, Pulmonary / diagnostic imaging*