Fatal bilateral pneumothoraces complicating dyskeratosis congenita: A case report

Adel Boueiz, Marwan S. Abougergi, Carlos Noujeim, Edmond Bou Assaf, Ghassan Jamaleddine

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Introduction. Dyskeratosis congenita is a rare genodermatosis, characterized by a triad of reticular skin pigmentation, nail dystrophy and leukoplakia of mucous membranes. It is also associated with a variety of non-cutaneous abnormalities such as bone marrow failure, malignancy and pulmonary complications. Among its wide range of clinical manifestations, fatal pneumothorax has rarely been reported. Case presentation. We report the case of a 31-year-old Lebanese woman with dyskeratosis congenita who succumbed to devastating bilateral pneumothoraces. Conclusion. Careful surveillance of patients with dyskeratosis congenita is required as incipient respiratory failure due to pneumothorax may be successfully treated if detected at an early stage.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number6622
JournalJournal of Medical Case Reports
StatePublished - 2009
Externally publishedYes

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