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Short Communication - Journal of Diabetology (2021) Volume 5, Issue 5

Pneumothorax, Pneumomediastinum and Subcutaneous Emphasema as Rare Comorbidities in COVID 19 Pneumonia

Coronavirus 2019 (COVID 19) patients usually manifest with symptoms of cough, fever and shortness of breathwarranting radiographic imaging with continued imaging reassessments after admission. Rare comorbidities found on imaging include pneumothorax, pneumomediastinumand subcutaneous emphysema. Though Pulmonary barotrauma to the alveoli may be a well-known explanation for these disorders, injury to the alveoli by disease may result in similar presentations. These findings within the presence of the COVID 19 infection, where measures are set in situ to prevent ventilator associated trauma or where patients are not intubated and are on High Flow oxygen, suggests the disease process of COVID 19 causing lung friability and therefore predisposition to break. during this case report, a 47-yearold African American male with past medical history significant for kidney transplantation in 2014, obesity class 1 and asthma presents to his Nephrologist with cough ashortness of breath. Patient was diagnosed with bilateral pneumonia and sent to Emergency department where he was diagnosis with COVID 19 pneumonia. 

Author(s): Chidinma Chukwuma D.O

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