COPD and dyspnea…

October 18, 2013

Chest XR, Devices, Non-Trauma, Respiratory, XR

This patient has a history of COPD (Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease) and presented with acute shortness of breath:


One of the complications of COPD are pulmonary bullae.  Bullae are thin-walled, air-filled spaces that enlarge over months to years.  Sometimes they can burst, causing pneumothoracies.  This Xray demonstrates a pneumothorax on the left side in which a chest tube was placed for reexpansion.  On the right side the patient has multiple large apical bullae which are also at risk of rupture.  The chest tube is in good position with the side-port visualized inside the thoracic cavity and reexpansion of the lung is demonstrated.

Author:  Russell Jones, MD

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