Pneumothorax

Pneumothorax: acute SOB, pleuritic chest pain, hypoxia, dx by CXR: visceral pleural line (upright, lateral decub), deep sulcus sign (supine), tx with chest tube, needle aspiration


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  • Pneumothorax
  • acute SOB, pleuritic chest pain, hypoxia, dx by CXR: visceral pleural line (upright, lateral decub), deep sulcus sign (supine), tx with chest tube, needle aspiration
  • acute SOB, pleuritic chest pain, Hx of lung disease, trauma
  • hypoxia, hyper-resonant percussion
  • visceral pleural line (upright, lateral decub), deep sulcus sign (supine), mediastinal shift if severe
  • air in pleural space collapses the lung
  • Chest tube, needle aspiration