A Transient Inferolateral ST-Segment Elevation on the Electrocardiogram Due to an Iatrogenic Left-Sided Pneumothorax After an Urgent Tracheostomy in a Patient with Metastatic Hypopharynx Cancer

Turk Kardiyol Dern Ars. 2023 Jan;51(1):72-75. doi: 10.5543/tkda.2022.28589.


The presence of ST-segment elevation on the electrocardiogram alerts physicians in patients with chest pain. Emergency coronary angiography is usually performed in these patients. However, there are many conditions that cause ST-segment elevation on the electrocardiogram, such as pericarditis, hyperkalemia, Brugada syndrome, hypothermia, and early repolarization. Pneumothorax is a rare complication of tracheostomy and its symptoms are sudden chest pain and dyspnea. Also, it has been known that pneumothorax may cause ST-segment changes on the electrocardiogram. We presented a transient inferolateral ST-segment elevation on the electrocardiogram due to an iatrogenic left-sided pneumothorax after an urgent tracheostomy in a patient with metastatic hypopharynx cancer and normal coronary angiogram.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Chest Pain / etiology
  • Electrocardiography
  • Humans
  • Hypopharynx
  • Neoplasms*
  • Pneumothorax*
  • Tracheostomy / adverse effects