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Year : 2016  |  Volume : 2  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 115-118

A case of autopneumonectomy without any symptoms

Department of Respiratory, Critical Care and Sleep Medicine, Indraprastha Apollo Hospitals, New Delhi, India

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Trilok Chand
B-241, Sarita Vihar, New Delhi - 110 076
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DOI: 10.4103/2455-5568.183317

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Autopneumonectomy simply describes the autolysis or almost complete destruction of the lung tissue without any surgical removal of the lung. This is not a common occurrence but is sometimes observed in areas where tuberculosis (TB) is endemic. The patients are usually diagnosed when they come to the hospital either with complications related to autopneumonectomy or a postpneumonectomy-like syndrome. Rarely, these patients remain asymptomatic until late age. Our case was an elderly female with an abnormal chest X-ray, who was referred to us for respiratory clearance for the surgical fixation of the fracture of the neck of femur. The history revealed that she had some chest infection and/or pulmonary TB in childhood that explained the autopneumonectomy. The patient underwent a successful surgery and was discharged with advice to follow-up for any chest complaints in the future. The following core competencies are addressed in this article: Patient care, Medical knowledge.

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