Bilateral spontaneous pneumothoraces with spontaneous pneumomediastinum: An intravenous methamphetamine complication

Daniel Guck, Ryan Munyon

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Abstract

Objective: To present an unusual case and proposed mechanism of bilateral spontaneous pneumothoraces with pneumomediastinum in a patient with intravenous methamphetamine use. Case report: Thin white man presented with confusion and chest pain after intravenous methamphetamine use. Initial workup found bilateral pneumothoraces with pneumomediastinum. Conservative management was initiated and subsequent radiographs and physical examination revealed subsequent improvement in pneumothoraces and pneumomediastinum. Conclusion: Intravenous methamphetamine use increases a wide number of inflammatory markers that can increase the risk of spontaneous pneumothoraces and pneumomediastinum. In patients with known risk factors, methamphetamine use can promote an increased incidence of spontaneous pneumothorax and pneumomediastinum.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)4-5
Number of pages2
JournalRespiratory Medicine Case Reports
Volume25
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2018

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Pulmonary and Respiratory Medicine

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