Recurrent interlobar pneumothorax in an asthmatic patient

Eur Respir J. 1993 May;6(5):748-9.


We report a case of spontaneous interlobar pneumothorax, an uncommon condition. The diagnosis was suspected from the frontal chest X-ray, which showed an incompletely circumscribed air-containing space, with a fluid level. The diagnosis was confirmed by the lateral projections of standard X-ray and tomography, and by thoracic computed tomography (CT). Such air-fluid levels should not be confused with pneumatocele, cystic or cavitary diseases.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Asthma / complications*
  • Bronchiectasis / complications
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Pneumothorax / diagnostic imaging
  • Pneumothorax / etiology*
  • Recurrence
  • Tomography, X-Ray Computed