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Korean J Anesthesiol. 2010 Dec;59(6):429-32. doi: 10.4097/kjae.2010.59.6.429. Epub 2010 Dec 31.

Pneumothorax in a post-anesthetic care unit after right thyroidectomy with left neck dissection -A case report-.

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Department of Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine, Seoul Paik Hospital, Inje University Collge of Medicine, Seoul, Korea.


A 46-year-old woman underwent a right thyroidectomy with left neck dissection under general anesthesia. The operation was performed successfully for over the course of 3 hours 30 minutes. After extubation, the patient was transferred to post-anesthetic care unit (PACU). After 10 minutes, dyspnea, chest discomfort, desaturation was suddenly occurred. Intubation was performed in PACU. The emergency chest X-ray revealed a right pneumothorax, and the patient was treated by chest tube insertion. The patient was improved and was discharged uneventfully from hospital 8 days later.


Neck dissection; Pneumothorax; Thyroidectomy

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