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Bullectomy for “bong lung” in an 18 year-old male presenting with spontaneous pneumothorax

Author(s): Roger K.A. Allen

Journal: Pneumon
ISSN 1105-848X

Volume: 23;
Issue: 3;
Start page: 301;
Date: 2010;
Original page

Keywords: “bong lung” | cannabis | adolescence | spontaneous pneumothorax | apical bullae

SUMMARY. An 18 year-old male who had smoked cannabis for four years presented with a spontaneous pneumothorax and was treated by apical bullectomy. The surgical and histopathological findings were characteristic of “bong lung”. This patient is the youngest reported in the literature and the case highlights the fact that the disease can occur even in adolescents after a few years of smoking cannabis. Pneumon 2010, 23(3):301-303.
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