Tension pneumothorax

Case contributed by Dr Andrew Dixon


Chest pain and shortness of breath following a rugby tackle.

Patient Data

Age: 40
Gender: Male

This case featured in our 2016 Trauma Radiology Course which is now available to view online.


Large right sided tension pneumothorax. Note the expansion of the right hemithorax with mediastinal shift to the left, downward displacement of the diaphragm and widening of the rib spacing. Subsequent prompt successful decompression via a well-positioned intercostal catheter. 

Case Discussion

Large right tension pneumothorax and subsequent successful decompression. 

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Case information

rID: 32323
Published: 23rd Nov 2014
Last edited: 16th Jul 2018
System: Chest
Inclusion in quiz mode: Included

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