Open Access Case report

Bilateral pneumothoraces complicating reduction mammoplasty: a case report

Stylianos Mavridis*, Hans Georg Gnauk, Martina Schumacher and Roland Wagner

Author Affiliations

Vascular and Thoracic Surgery Department, Ernst von Bergmann Clinic, Charlottenstraße 72, Potsdam, 14467, Germany

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BMC Surgery 2013, 13:29  doi:10.1186/1471-2482-13-29

Published: 26 July 2013



Bilateral pneumothoraces after cosmetic breast surgery are rare and sporadically reported in the literature.

Case presentation

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.

Pneumothorax; Bilateral; Mammoplasty