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Year : 2018  |  Volume : 32  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 66-68

Iatrogenic fecopneumothorax: A rare cause of hydropneumothorax

1 Department of Pulmonary Medicine, Institute of Liver and Biliary Sciences, New Delhi, India
2 Department of Pulmonary Medicine, Shri Ram Murti Smarak Institute of Medical Sciences, Bareilly, Uttar Pradesh, India

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Dr. Hemant Kumar
Department of Pulmonary Medicine, Institute of Liver and Biliary Sciences, D-1, Vasant Kunj, New Delhi - 110 070
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/jms.jms_92_16

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Fecopneumothorax is an unusual and uncommon cause of hydropneumothorax. It is an extremely rare pleural disease, with only 16 cases being reported from worldwide. Here we report, a 35-year-old, previously healthy man with an incidental Bochdalek hernia whose chest radiograph was misinterpreted as hydropneumothorax and managed by an intercostal chest drain. This leads to a left colopleural fistula and fecopneumothorax. The patient was managed surgically and recovered well. To the best of our knowledge, this is the first case of fecopneumothorax which is iatrogenic in nature.

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