The Indian Journal of Chest Diseases and Allied Sciences

Register      Login

VOLUME 56 , ISSUE 2 ( April-June, 2014 ) > List of Articles


Primary Spontaneous Haemopneumothorax: An Overlooked Emergency

Yasser Aljehani, Fahd Makhdom, Hessa Albuainain, Yasser El-Ghoniemy

Keywords : Primary spontaneous haemopneumothorax, Emergency, Thoracoctomy

Citation Information : Aljehani Y, Makhdom F, Albuainain H, El-Ghoniemy Y. Primary Spontaneous Haemopneumothorax: An Overlooked Emergency. Indian J Chest Dis Allied Sci 2014; 56 (2):113-115.

DOI: 10.5005/ijcdas-56-2-113

License: CC BY-NC 4.0

Published Online: 28-06-2022

Copyright Statement:  Copyright © 2014; The Author(s).


Primary spontaneous haemopneumothorax (PSHP) is a rare condition. Potentially grave consequences do occur as a result of a failure to reach the diagnosis early. We report a case of a 17-year-old male who presented with a picture of PSHP but was later also found to have a component of haemothorax. He underwent thoracoscopy which was converted to thoracotomy. A torn vascular adhesion was the source of bleeding which was clipped and haemostasis was achieved.

PDF Share
  1. Hart SR, Willis C, Thorn A, Barfoot L. Spontaneous haemopneumothorax: are guidelines overdue?. Emerg Med J 2002;19; 273-4.
  2. Issaivanan M, Baranwal P, Abrol S, Bajwa G, Baldauf M, Shukla M. Spontaneous hemopneumothorax in children: case report and review of literature. Pediatrics 2006;118:e1268-e1270.
  3. Ohmori K, Ohata M, Narata M. Twenty-eight cases of spontaneous hemopneumothorax [in Japanese]. Nippon Kyobu Geka Gakkai Zasshi 1988;36:1059-64.
  4. Sharpe DAC, Dixon K, Moghissi K. Spontaneous haemopneumothorax: a surgical emergency. Eur Respir J 1995;8:1611-2.
  5. Hsu C-C, Wu Y-L, Lin V, Lin M-P, Guo H-R. Indicators of haemothorax in patients with spontaneous pneumothorax. Emerg Med J 2005;22;415-7.
  6. Hsu NY, Shih CS, Hsu CP, Chen PR. Spontaneous hemopneumothorax revisited: clinical approach and systemic review of the literature. Ann Thorac Surg 2005;80:1859-63.
  7. Chang Y-T, Dai Z-K, Kao E-L, Chuang H-Y, Cheng Y-J, Chou S-H, et al. Early video-assisted thoracic surgery for primary spontaneous hemopneumothorax. World J Surg 2007;31:19-25.
  8. Wu Y-C, Lu M-S, Yeh C-H, Liu Y-H, Hsieh M-J, Lu H-I, et al. Justifying video-assisted thoracic surgery for spontaneous hemopneumothorax. Chest 2002;122;1844-7.
  9. Muraguchi T, Tsukioka K, Hirata S, Fukuda S, Mizugami K, Kishi A, et al. Spontaneous hemopneumothorax with aberrant vessels found to be the source of bleeding: report of two cases. Surg Today 1993;23:1119-23.
  10. Kurimoto Y, Hatamoto K, Hase M, Narimatsu E, Asai Y, Abe T. Aberrant artery as a source of bleeding in spontaneous hemopneumothorax. Am J Emerg Med 2001;19:326-7.
  11. Tatebe S, Kanazawa H, Yamazaki Y, Aoki E, Sakurai Y. Spontaneous hemopneumothorax. Ann Thorac Surg 1996;62:1011-5.
  12. Peikert T, Gillespie DJ, Cassivi SD. Catamenial pneumothorax. Mayo Clin Proc 2005;80:677-80.
PDF Share
PDF Share

© Jaypee Brothers Medical Publishers (P) LTD.