GOOD NEWS: We have fixed the DICOM uploading problem. New cases should work fine. More info radiopaedia.org/chat

Pneumothorax - large

Case contributed by Ian Bickle
Diagnosis certain

Presentation

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

Patient Data

Age: 60 years
Gender: Male
x-ray

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.

How to use cases

You can use Radiopaedia cases in a variety of ways to help you learn and teach.

Creating your own cases is easy.

Updating… Please wait.

 Unable to process the form. Check for errors and try again.

 Thank you for updating your details.