Vanishing lung syndrome with community-acquired pneumonia and infection of bullae

Andra Pekša (Coresponding Author), Madara Tirzīte, Sergejs Daņilovs

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We present a case of a 36-year old male who was a long-term smoker and was found to have giant bullous emphysema on chest imaging as an accidental finding. At the time, when his first chest CT was obtained, he was asymptomatic and was recommended to consult a pulmonologist but was lost to follow-up for a year until he presented to the emergency department with fever, dyspnea, and chest pain. He was admitted to a pulmonology department. Chest CT was performed and it revealed infected bullae containing air-fluid levels as a complication of community-acquired pneumonia. After successful antibacterial treatment, the patient was discharged and recommended to consult with a thoracic surgeon. A few months later, he had video-assisted thoracoscopic surgery and left upper lobectomy as part of definitive treatment.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)451-455
Number of pages5
JournalAdvances in Respiratory Medicine
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 2021

Field of Science*

  • 3.2 Clinical medicine

Publication Type*

  • 1.1. Scientific article indexed in Web of Science and/or Scopus database


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