Tension pneumothorax

Case contributed by A.Prof Frank Gaillard


Right sided chest pain.

Patient Data

Age: 50
Gender: Male

A large right-sided pneumothorax is present with minimal shift of the cardiomediastinal contents towards the left suggesting a degree of developing tension. No left-sided abnormality evident.

Case Discussion

A tension pneumothorax requires recognition and rapid decompression. Even if all you perform is a needle thoracostomy (e.g. 14G intravenous cannula) inserted in the 2nd intercostal space in the midclavicular line you will save a life as you gain valuable time, before a larger underwater drain can be inserted. Read more: tension pneumothorax

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Case information

rID: 33269
Published: 31st Jan 2015
Last edited: 21st Sep 2015
System: Chest
Inclusion in quiz mode: Included

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