Pneumothorax: inspiratory and expiratory x-rays

Case contributed by Dr Henry Knipe


Right sided pleuritic chest pain

Patient Data

Age: 30 years
Gender: Male

Large right pneumothorax. Small pleural effusion. 

Case Discussion

Inspiratory/expiratory projections are one technique that can be used to make a pneumothorax more obvious. Expiration results in the lung reducing in volume, becoming more dense and making the pneumothorax easier to identify. 

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Case information

rID: 27798
Published: 20th Feb 2014
Last edited: 16th Jul 2018
System: Chest
Inclusion in quiz mode: Included

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