Acute massive haemopneumothorax due to solitary costal exostosis

Alessandro Bini, Manuele Grazia, Franco Stella, Francesco Petrella

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Acute massive haemopneumothorax is frequently related to open or blunt chest trauma, whereas spontaneous haemopneumothorax is rare and may be due to multiple hereditary exostosis (MHE). We report a case of acute massive spontaneous and relapsed haemopneumothorax occurring during a volleyball match, and caused by solitary costal exostosis. Thoracoscopy failed to disclose and remove the cause of the haemopneumothorax and so the patient underwent thoracotomy for costal resection and lung parenchyma suture.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)614-615
Number of pages2
JournalInteractive Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgery
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2003


  • Costal exostosis
  • Haemopneumothorax

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine
  • Pulmonary and Respiratory Medicine
  • Surgery

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