Spontaneous pneumothorax complicating pregnancy--case report and review of the literature

J Emerg Med. 1989 May-Jun;7(3):245-8. doi: 10.1016/0736-4679(89)90354-5.


Patients with a spontaneous pneumothorax frequently present for care in the emergency department. The occurrence of spontaneous pneumothorax during parturition occurs rarely. We describe a case of spontaneous pneumothorax during the first trimester of pregnancy, which resolved with tube thoracostomy. The patient delivered vaginally a healthy 4.3 kg male at term under epidural anesthesia. We discuss spontaneous pneumothorax and review reported cases during pregnancy.

Publication types

  • Case Reports
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Chest Pain / diagnosis
  • Dyspnea / diagnosis
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Pneumothorax / diagnosis*
  • Pregnancy
  • Pregnancy Complications / diagnosis*