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Pneumothorax - large

Case contributed by Ian Bickle
Diagnosis certain


Sudden onset of shortness of breath. O/E: reduced breath sounds over left hemithorax.

Patient Data

Age: 60 years
Gender: Male

Large left sided pneumothorax, with underlying lung collapse.

No mediastinal shift.

Right lung clear.

Case Discussion

A large pneumothorax, meriting pleural drain insertion.

The trachea and heart remain in the midline - so no evidence of tension.

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