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Garnham J, Tension pneumothorax. Case study, Radiopaedia.org (Accessed on 25 Mar 2023) https://doi.org/10.53347/rID-82478
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27 Sep 2020
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Imperial Healthcare NHS Trust
Sudden onset shortness of breath and pleuritic chest pain.
Age: 25 years
From the case: Tension pneumothorax
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There is a massive right-sided tension pneumothorax with almost total collapse of the right lung and shift of the mediastinal structures to the left.
Tension pneumothorax occurs when intrapleural air accumulates progressively in such a way as to exert positive pressure on mediastinal and intrathoracic structures. It is a life-threatening occurrence requiring both rapid recognition and prompt treatment to avoid a cardiorespiratory arrest.