Sports-related pneumothorax

Ann Emerg Med. 1997 Oct;30(4):539-41. doi: 10.1016/s0196-0644(97)70018-0.


Pneumothorax and pneumomediastinum are rare complications of athletic activity. Spontaneous pneumothorax has been reported in association with several sports, but reports of pneumothorax associated with blunt trauma sustained during sporting activity are rare. We present a case series of patients in whom pneumothorax or pneumomediastinum developed as a result of blunt trauma sustained during participation in a contact sport.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Athletic Injuries / complications*
  • Emergencies
  • Football / injuries
  • Hockey / injuries
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Mediastinal Emphysema / etiology*
  • Pneumothorax / etiology*
  • Wounds, Nonpenetrating / complications*