Chest wall swelling and pneumothorax after shoulder arthroscopy: Were the 2 events totally independent?

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Abstract

Rationale:

Arthroscopic shoulder surgery (ASS) is a low mortality and morbidity procedure, but anesthetic complications are reported. There have been no reports of combined chest wall swelling and pneumothorax after ASS.

Patient concerns:

The patient's right lung was severely collapsed and the mediastinum was deviated after ASS.

Diagnosis:

Pneumothorax on right chest.

Interventions:

A chest tube was inserted and oxygen therapy was performed.

Outcomes:

The patient was discharged uneventfully.

Lessons:

Elective ASS has low mortality and morbidity rates, but we should be more concerned over the complications after ASS.

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