Mumbai: Doctors save newborn with a hole in the lung

A one-week-old infant, suffering from pneumothorax, a condition where the air leaks into the space between the chest and the lungs walls, have been successfully operated upon. Experts say this condition is rare in infants

Mumbai: Doctors save an infant with a hole in the lung

Doctors from SRV Mamata hospital in Dombivali, Maharashtra, have successfully saved the life of a newborn baby, who had a hole in her one of the lungs.

According to the doctors, the baby girl was suffering from pneumothorax, a condition where the air leaks into the space between the chest and the lungs walls.

The doctors inserted an intercostal drainage tube to remove the leaked air.

While speaking to My Medical Mantra, Dr Amey Kakirde, head of the paediatric wing of the SVR Mamata hospital, said, “The girl was suffering from breathlessness, so immediately she was put on to the oxygen. But, the girl was still suffering from breathlessness. When we examined further, we found out that she had a small hole in her lungs. Owing to which, the oxygen was leaking into the space between the lungs and the chest wall.”

Dr Kakirde further added, “In medical terms, this condition is called as, pneumothorax. This is a life-threatening condition. Where the air gets stuck near the lungs, the patient faces difficulty in breathing. Especially in the children, this condition is rare. Only one per cent of the infants worldwide are affected by this.”

“To remove the air from the space, we had to insert an intercostal drainage tube. The hole, in the lungs, will heal in due process,” said Dr Kakirde.

Symptoms of pneumothorax:

  • Breathlessness
  • Pain in heart/chest
  • Heavy feeling in chest
  • Low blood pressure

Meanwhile, Dr Jayashree Mondkar, Dean of Mumbai’s civic-run Sion hospital and a neonatologist, while speaking to My Medical Mantra, said, “Generally, the symptoms of pneumothorax can be identified after two or three years. This condition is usually caused due to some infection. The condition can be cured with the help of surgery.”