As the number of COVID-19 cases emerge, new complications associated with the disease are recognized. We present three cases of spontaneous pneumothorax in patients with COVID-19. They show that a pneumothorax can occur during different phases of disease, in patients without a pulmonary disease history and is not necessarily associated to positive pressure ventilation or severity of COVID-19. Although the exact causative mechanisms remain unknown, this observation might imply that extensive alveolar destruction due to COVID-19 may lead to bulla formation resulting in subsequent pneumothorax.

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Keywords COVID-19 pneumonia, Pneumothorax, SARS-CoV-2
Persistent URL dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.rmcr.2020.101187, hdl.handle.net/1765/129839
Journal Respiratory Medicine Case Reports
Citation
Janssen, M.L. (Matthijs L.), Van Manen, M.J.G, Cretier, S.E. (Sander E.), & Braunstahl, G.J. (2020). Pneumothorax in patients with prior or current COVID-19 pneumonia. Respiratory Medicine Case Reports, 31. doi:10.1016/j.rmcr.2020.101187