Pneumothorax, collapsed lung

DEFINITION:
The collection of air between the parietal and visceral pleurae.


CAUSES:

Collapsed lung or pneumothorax can be caused either spontaneously or due to pathology. Causes of pneumothorax include injuries like knife wounds, fractured ribs, by a medical needle or by the damaging processes of disease like COPD, asthma, connective tissue disease, cystic fibrosis, and pneumonia.

EXAMINATION:
Percussion of the thorax will produce hyperresonant note. Auscultation will reveal reduced breath sounds. Vocal fremitus will be decreased. There may also be crackles and wheezes.

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