Pseudopneumothorax: Emphysema Case Mimicking Pneumothorax
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Bedside lung ultrasound (LUS) is generally emergency rooms for the patients suspected to have lung pathology. LUS is especially important for quick diagnosis and fast treatment, especially in unstable patients. Pneumothorax is the condition of air entering between pleural plaques and lung being separated from the thoracic wall. Typically, there is a low amount of lubricating fluid between visceral pleura covering the lung and parietal pleura covering the inner face of the thoracic wall. Emphysema is the abnormal widening of air sacs distal to the terminal bronchioles with the destruction of alveolar walls without fibrosis, and it is one of the obstructive lung diseases. Cases, where emphysema is confused with pneumothorax, were also defined rarely in the literature. We wanted to create awareness on the place of ultrasound on pneumothorax diagnosis by sharing the emphysema case imitating pneumothorax in LUS seen rather rare in literature.