Traumatic Pneumatocele in a 12 year Old Boy - A Rare Case Report
Keywords:Pneumatocele, Blunt Trauma, Contusions, Young Adults
Traumatic pneumatocele is a rare complication of blunt chest trauma with uncertain pathogenesis. It occurs primarily in pediatric age group and is characterized by single or multiple pulmonary cystic lesions concomitant with other type of injuries of the lung parenchyma. We present a case of traumatic pneumatocele in a 12-year-old boy, together with a brief review of the literature. This rare entity should be considered in the differential diagnosis of cystic lesions complicating blunt chest trauma, especially in young adults. The disease generally has a benign and self-limiting course. Significantly large traumatic pneumatoceles with failure of initial conservative management warrant surgical exploration and management to optimise recovery and prevent complications.