Different presentation of pulmonary parenchymal disruption in COVID-19 pneumonia. Case series of Sub-Intensive Care Unit in Naples, Italy

Monaldi Arch Chest Dis. 2020 Sep 18;90(4). doi: 10.4081/monaldi.2020.1482.


The coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) is a recent pandemic that affected more than 5 million people worldwide. Chest high resolution computed tomography (HRCT) is an essential tool in diagnosis and management of the disease. Pulmonary parenchymal opacity is a typical sign of the disease, but not the only one. Pneumothorax, pneumomediastinum, bronchiectasis and cysts are probably underrated complications of COVID-19 that can worsen prognosis, in terms of prolonged hospitalization and need of oxygen therapy. In our single center case series, we outline four different manifestations of pneumothorax, pneumomediastinum and cysts in hospitalized patients with COVID-19 pneumonia.

PMID:32945644 | DOI:10.4081/monaldi.2020.1482