Right-sided pneumothorax as a result of a left-sided chest tube

Chest. 1993 May;103(5):1602-3. doi: 10.1378/chest.103.5.1602.


Chest tubes are inserted for a variety of reasons, and a number of complications have been associated with their use. We report a case of traumatic hemopneumothorax in which the chest tube crossed the mediastinum into the contralateral lung causing a pneumothorax. Its position was not apparent on portable chest radiographs.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Chest Tubes / adverse effects*
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Mediastinum / injuries
  • Pneumothorax / etiology*
  • Tomography, X-Ray Computed