Pneumothorax in a preterm infant monitored by electrical impedance tomography: a case report

Neonatology. 2011;99(1):10-3. doi: 10.1159/000292626. Epub 2010 Jun 30.


Electrical impedance tomography (EIT) is a noninvasive bedside tool for monitoring regional changes in ventilation. We report, for the first time, the EIT images of a ventilated preterm infant with a unilateral pneumothorax, showing a loss of regional ventilation in the affected lung during both high-frequency oscillation and spontaneous ventilation.

Publication types

  • Case Reports
  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Electric Impedance
  • Humans
  • Image Interpretation, Computer-Assisted
  • Infant, Newborn
  • Infant, Premature
  • Male
  • Monitoring, Physiologic / methods*
  • Pneumothorax / diagnosis*
  • Pneumothorax / physiopathology
  • Pulmonary Ventilation / physiology
  • Radiography, Thoracic
  • Tomography / instrumentation
  • Tomography / methods*