Tuberc Respir Dis.  2003 Aug;55(2):211-216. 10.4046/trd.2003.55.2.211.

A Case of Giant Emphysema Mimicking Pneumothorax in Chest X-Ray

  • 1Department of Internal Medicine, Inje University, College of Medicine, Seoul, Korea.
  • 2Department of Diagnostic Radiology, Inje University, College of Medicine, Seoul, Korea.


A 49-year-old male presented with a giant bullous emphysematous lung mimicking a pneumothorax. The initial chest X-ray revealed that the left lung was totally collapsed. A chest tube was inserted at the emergency room, after that an iatrogenic pneumothorax developed. The HRCT showed giant bullous emphysema mimicking a pneumothorax. The pneumothorax spontaneously resolved without special treatment. His bullous lung lesion had remained unchanged until last follow-up.


Giant bullous emphysema; Pneumothorax
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