Complications of Pulmonary Fibrosis

This is a cases of a young woman with hemoptysis and spontaneous pneumothorax requiring a chest tube. What is the causes of such severe disease in a 34 year old?

Answer:  This unfortunate woman suffered from both advanced rheumatoid arthritis and scleroderma.

The 24F surgical chest tube was malpositioned in the posterior chest wall and was ineffective.  A new 14F pigtail catheter was placed anteriorly at the 2nd intercostal space with CT guidance and the lung was successfully reinflated.

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Images and content graciously provided by:

Jason E. Himmel, MD

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