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An Unusual Cause of Secondary Spontaneous Pneumothorax in a 27-Year-Old Man*

Kim-Hatt Lim, MMed; Lian-Huat Tan, MMed; Chong-Kin Liam, MBBS, FCCP; Catherine Mee-Ming Wong, MBBS
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*From the Division of Respiratory Medicine, Department of Medicine, University of Malaya Medical Center, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

Correspondence to: Kim-Hatt Lim, MMed, Department of Medicine, Faculty of Medicine, University of Malaya, 50603, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia; e-mail: limkh@medicine.med.um.edu.my



Chest. 2001;120(5):1728-1731. doi:10.1378/chest.120.5.1728
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A 27 -year-old man presented with a 2-day history of worsening shortness of breath associated with cough productive of clear, occasionally greenish sputum. He reported an episode of mild hemoptysis. These symptoms were preceded by left pleuritic chest pain for 1 week prior to hospital admission. There was no history of fever, recent surgery, trauma, or prolonged immobilization. He did not notice any leg swelling and had no previous similar episodes of illness. He was a nonsmoker, and there was no family history of thromboembolic disease.

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