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Bilateral Pneumothoraces After Unilateral Transthoracic Needle Biopsy of a Lung Nodule*

Shilpa Johri; David Berlin; Abraham Sanders
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*From the Division of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine, New York Presbyterian-Weill Cornell Medical Center, New York, NY.

Correspondence to: Abraham Sanders, MD, FCCP, 520 E 70th St, Starr 505, New York, NY 10021; e-mail: pksjmj@hotmail.com



Chest. 2003;123(4):1297-1299. doi:10.1378/chest.123.4.1297
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The occurrence of pneumothorax after an invasive transthoracic procedure is a well-known complication. Less well-recognized is the occurrence of bilateral pneumothoraces after a unilateral intervention with a potential for life-threatening consequences in patients who have undergone median sternotomies. We present a patient who had undergone a thymoma resection in the remote past and developed bilateral pneumothoraces after undergoing transthoracic needle biopsy of a right lung nodule.

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