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pneumothorax

Thursday 20 April 2017

Etiology

- Spontaneous: due to

- Traumatic: due to puncture of chest wall or lung
- Therapeutic: formerly used to treat tuberculosis

- Spontaneous idiopathic: young people, rupture of small, peripheral, apical subpleural bleb (s), usually subsides spontaneously, but may recur and be disabling

- Tension pneumothorax: acts as one-way valve to trap air during inhalation; may compress contralateral lung, mediastinal structures