Pneumothorax

Overview

A pneumothorax is a collapsed lung. The condition occurs when air leaks into the space between the lungs and chest wall. A blunt or penetrating chest injury, certain medical procedures, or lung disease can cause a pneumothorax.

Symptoms

Symptoms include shortness of breath.

Treatments

When a pneumothorax is large, a needle or tube is used to remove excess air.

Last Updated Jun 13, 2017


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