Bilateral Pneumothorax-rare Manifestation of MelioidosisCorrespondence Address :
Associate Professor, Department of General Medicine, Kalapet, Kanagachetikulam, Puducherry-605014, India.
Melioidosis is caused by gram negative bacilli called Burkholderia pseudomallei. It is an infectious threat to southeast Asian population. It predominantly affects the diabetic people who have got exposure to the contaminated soil. As it affects multiple organs, it mimics other disease like-tuberculosis. Here we report an unusual pulmonary manifestation of Burkholderia infection in a diabetic patient. A 46-year-old male presented with neck swelling and bilateral pulmonary nodules with pneumothorax. His blood culture and pus culture from neck swelling confirmed Burkholderia pseudomallei. He was managed with bilateral intercostal drainage, sensitive antibiotics and showed improvement. Melioidosis causing bilateral pneumothorax with nodules and its complete recovery was not reported earlier.
Intercostal drainage, Pulmonary manifestation, Pulmonary nodule
Allen Aloysius D’silva, Jayasenan Jayannan, Ali Hazan Karnam, Sanjay R Nair, Natarajan Vasanthi. BILATERAL PNEUMOTHORAX-RARE MANIFESTATION OF MELIOIDOSIS. Journal of Clinical and Diagnostic Research [serial online] 2018 September [cited: 2018 Sep 18 ]; 12:OD05-OD06. Available from
Date of Submission: May 19, 2018
Date of Peer Review: May 30, 2018
Date of Acceptance: Jul 25, 2018
Date of Publishing: Sep 01, 2018
Financial OR OTHER COMPETING INTERESTS: None.
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