Male > female (1.4 to 10.1:1)
May be asymptomatic (pneumothorax discovered on chest film obtained for other reasons)
Shortness of breath
Pleuritic chest pain that is usually sudden in onset and localized...
Stabilization of the patient
Evacuation of the pleural air
Should be done urgently if a tension pneumothorax is suspected
In small asymptomatic pneumothoraces, observation of th...
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Briassoulis GC, Venkataraman ST, Vasilopoulos AG, et al....
512.89 Other pneumothorax
512.81 Primary spontaneous pneumothorax
860.0 Traumatic pneumothorax without mention of open wound into thorax
512.0 Spontaneous tension pneumothorax
512.1 Iatrogenic p...
Q: Can a pneumothorax reoccur?
A: Reoccurrence depends on the underlying cause of the pneumothorax. Spontaneous pneumothorax reoccurrence rates:
Observation alone: 20–50%
If thoracentesis performed: ...
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