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Pneumothorax 

Pneumothorax
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Pneumothorax
DOI:
10.1093/med/9780199202447.003.0026
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date: 14 October 2019

Definitions 162

Primary spontaneous pneumothorax (PSP) 162

Secondary spontaneous pneumothorax (SSP) 162

Acute presentation 163

Tension pneumothorax 164

Investigations 165

Management 166

Complications 167

Pneumothorax is defined as air in the pleural space. It may occur as a result of trauma or spontaneously, in which case it is further subdivided into primary and secondary. The treatment, response to therapy, and prognosis in these two groups is quite different, and establishing the category is essential....

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