COVID-19 presenting as pneumatoceles and spontaneous cavitary lesion as a late complication

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BMJ Case Rep. 2021 Dec 8;14(12):e246516. doi: 10.1136/bcr-2021-246516.


We report a case of an adult patient with COVID-19 pneumonia presenting as pneumatoceles as a late complication. These pneumatoceles are steroid-resistant and can predispose to cavitary lesions. These cystic lesions need close follow-up with repeat imaging as these can increase the risk of pneumothorax. It can take up to around 12 weeks for the spontaneous resolution of pneumatoceles.

PMID:34880039 | DOI:10.1136/bcr-2021-246516