Bilateral pneumothorax following air bag deployment

Chest. 1998 Aug;114(2):624-6. doi: 10.1378/chest.114.2.624.


Air bags have been shown to decrease mortality from automobile accidents. Herein is a unique case of bilateral pneumothorax following deployment and rupture of an air bag with no other associated chest trauma. One may posit that rupture of the air bag allowed high-pressure gases to be expelled into the patient's lungs resulting in explosive barotrauma.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Accidents, Traffic
  • Adult
  • Air Bags / adverse effects*
  • Barotrauma / complications*
  • Barotrauma / diagnosis
  • Barotrauma / surgery
  • Female
  • Follow-Up Studies
  • Humans
  • Lung Injury*
  • Pneumothorax / diagnosis
  • Pneumothorax / etiology*
  • Pneumothorax / surgery
  • Radiography, Thoracic
  • Thoracoscopy
  • Thoracostomy
  • Tomography, X-Ray Computed