Case report: E-FAST in Detecting Traumatic Pneumothorax. Do We Agree With The Article : Pneumothorax On E-Fast? Not So Fast

  • Yuddy Imowanto FKUB-RSSA
  • Willy Johan FKUB
  • Ari Prasetyadjati
Keywords: Blunt thoracic trauma, chest x-ray, E-FAST, pneumothorax


Blunt Thoracic trauma is one of the main causes of death in the world with mortality rates ranging from 15-77% and the most common case is pneumothorax where air collects in the pleural cavity due to trauma and causes partial or complete lung collapse. E-FAST examination has been accepted as a modality in diagnosing pneumothorax in trauma cases but there are many reports vary regarding the accuracy of using E-FAST, especially in diagnosing pneumothorax. This case presentation reports the case of a male patient with blunt thoracic trauma where E-FAST diagnosis provides an early diagnosis with more sensitive results compared to chest X-ray. Taking into account the operator's knowledge and the existing system, the authors still recommend using E-FAST in trauma patients to get a better diagnosis and early warning, especially in emergency conditions, the authors also suggest that in patients with stable conditions, the E-FAST examination combined with other examination modalities will obtain more accurate results.