Clinical Investigation

Evaluation of Patients with Pneumothorax in Adnan Menderes University Medical faculty Neonatal Intensive Care Unit

  • Münevver TÜRKMEN
  • Arzu ÇALIK TANINMIŞ
  • Barlas ETENSEL
  • Sezen ÖZKISACIK
  • Alev AKDILLI
  • Harun GÜRSOY

Received Date: 03.03.2009 Accepted Date: 15.06.2009 Meandros Med Dent J 2010;11(1):31-34

OBJECTIVE:

Pneumothorax is an air leak syndrome and is more often in the newborn period than childhood. In this study we aimed to evaluate epidemiologic features, risk factors and clinical course of newborn patients with diagnosis of pneumothorax.

MATERIALS and METHODS:

We retrospectively reviewed 21 patient records with pneumothorax between February 2000-December 2006 in our Neonatal Intensive Care Unit.

RESULTS:

Frequency of pneumothorax was 2.1 %. Frequency of pneumothorax was higher in males and prematures. Additionally, unilateral and right pneumothorax was seen more often. Only one patient had spontaneous pneumothorax, whilst it developed during mechanical ventilation support in others. Thirty three percent of the patients died.

CONLUSION:

Pneumothorax is a life threatening emergency with the need of immediate treatment and should be considered among the causes of respiratory distress in newborns.

Keywords: Pneumothorax, newborn, intensive care unit