Incomplete Treatment of Neonatal Pneumonia Causing Giant Pneumatocele in a 45-Day Infant

Elie Choueiry, Sandy Diab, Carla El Haber, Paul Henry Torbey, Zaki Ghorayeb, Bernard Gerbaka


We report the case of giant pneumatocele due to an incomplete treatment of neonatal pneumonia in a 45-day infant. Two pneumatoceles were formed in the seventh day of pneumonia previously treated for 2 days, and none of them was under tension; however, the size gradually increased. The patient remained asymptomatic. All cultures taken failed to isolate the causing bacteria. Intravenous antibiotics resulted in a successful treatment. The purpose of this case is to highlight the importance of adequate treatment when neonatal pneumonia is highly suspected with normal radiological findings, to search for pneumatoceles as a complication of inadequately treated pneumonia and to rule out congenital malformations in case of pulmonary cyst.

Int J Clin Pediatr. 2017;6(1-2):24-27


Pneumatocele; Pneumonia; Infant

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