Tension pneumothorax

Case contributed by A.Prof Frank Gaillard


Acute shortness of breath.

Patient Data

Age: Adult
Gender: Male

Chest x-ray

Chest x-ray demonstrates a large left sided pneumothorax with incomplete collapse of the lung. The mediastinum and trachea are minimally deviated towards the right, suggesting a component of tension.

Case Discussion

A tension pneumothorax is a true medical emergency, with the difference between life and death sometimes only being a matter of minutes. 

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Case information

rID: 15374
Published: 12th Oct 2011
Last edited: 16th Jul 2018
System: Chest
Inclusion in quiz mode: Included

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