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A 44-Year-Old Man With Bilateral PneumothoraxMan With Bilateral Pneumothorax

Jeffrey Albores, MD; Fereidoun Abtin, MD; Igor Barjaktarevic, MD
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From the Division of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine (Drs Albores and Barjaktarevic) and Department of Radiology (Dr Abtin), David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, Los Angeles, CA.

CORRESPONDENCE TO: Igor Barjaktarevic, MD, Division of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine, David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, 10833 Le Conte Ave, Room 37-131 CHS, Los Angeles, CA 90095-1690; e-mail: ibarjaktarevic@mednet.ucla.edu


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Chest. 2015;148(4):e118-e121. doi:10.1378/chest.15-0281
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A 44-year-old man presented with a 3-day history of persistent upper-back pain, chest discomfort, and dyspnea. He denied any precipitating events such as trauma or vigorous activity before the presentation of symptoms. His exercise capacity had been excellent. He is a lifetime nonsmoker and never had significant lung problems apart from intermittent asthma for which he had several ED visits in the past. Chest CT scan performed during an asthma exacerbation 2 years earlier demonstrated two left-side lung blebs. He had no prior surgical procedures.

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