Organizing pneumonia can be idiopathic or caused by multiple etiologies, including viral or bacterial pneumonia, drugs, and autoimmune disorders. It can rarely lead to cyst formation and pneumothorax with the exact mechanism remaining unclear. This case presents a previously healthy 50-year-old male who contracted COVID-19 with subsequent development of organizing pneumonia and pneumothorax. Patients presenting with hypoxic respiratory failure due to COVID-19 should be screened for organizing pneumonia upon discharge. This case also illustrates the importance of following such patients radiologically to monitor interstitial lung disease and consider pneumothorax for patients re-presenting with acute symptoms.
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Phillips, Tammy E.; Bhatti, Hammad A.; and Ho, Minh Q.
"COVID-19 Case Complicated with Organizing Pneumonia and Pneumothorax: A Case Report,"
The University of Louisville Journal of Respiratory Infections: Vol. 6
, Article 12.
Available at: https://ir.library.louisville.edu/jri/vol6/iss1/12
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