A 31-year old female patient in the ninth week of pregnancy complained of chest pain and dyspnoea. The patient had experienced an episode of spontaneous pneumothorax on the left side at the age of 20 and had undergone chest tube drainage. Her medical history was unremarkable and she had no history of smoking. She had no family history of pulmonary disease. Thoracic radiography showed a pneumothorax on the right side. The patient underwent chest tube drainage in the thoracic space. When surgical intervention for continuous air leakage was unavoidable, we selected video-assisted thoracic surgery under local and epidural anaesthesia in consideration of her general condition. We conclude that awake surgical intervention is applicable in selected patients with pneumothorax in pregnancy and is particularly useful in those in whom general anaesthesia is best avoided.
- Awake surgery