Smoking Associated with Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, Accelerated Hypertension, Spontaneous Pneumothorax, Mediastinal Emphysema Large Aortic Neurysm and Pulmonary Tuberculosis - A Case Report
Keywords:Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, Pneumothorax, Mediastinal emphysema, Aortic aneurysm, Hypertension, Pulmonary tuberculosis
Chronic smoking is often associated with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, coronary artery disease, hypertension & aortic aneurysm in elderly people. However its life threatening complications in the form of tension pneumothorax, mediastinal emphysema, and enlarging aortic aneurysm coexisting with pulmonary tuberculosis at times poses diagnostic and therapeutic challenge. We report here with an 86 - year - old male who had mediastinal emphysema, large aortic aneurysm, accelerated hypertension and evidence of active pulmonary tuberculosis aggravated by chronic smoking. He made remarkable recovery following intercostal drainage, anti tuberculous and supportive intensive therapy.
Keywords: Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease; Pneumothorax; Mediastinal emphysema; Aortic aneurysm; Hypertension; Pulmonary tuberculosis
SAARC J. Tuber. Lung Dis. HIV/AIDS 2008 Vol.5(2) 26-30
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