Bilateral pneumothoraces complicating reduction mammoplasty: a case report
Vascular and Thoracic Surgery Department, Ernst von Bergmann Clinic, Charlottenstraße 72, Potsdam, 14467, Germany
BMC Surgery 2013, 13:29 doi:10.1186/1471-2482-13-29Published: 26 July 2013
Bilateral pneumothoraces after cosmetic breast surgery are rare and sporadically reported in the literature.
A 65-year-old female patient developed bilateral pneumothoraces after bilateral breast reduction surgery. Emergent chest tube thoracostomy was performed on both sides. The chest drains were removed on the fourth day (left side) and sixth day (right side), and the patient was discharged after 7 days of hospitalization without any further complications.
To our knowledge, the English-language literature contains no other reports of bilateral pneumothoraces after reduction mammoplasty.