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Pneumothorax: an update
  1. Graeme P Currie,
  2. Ratna Alluri,
  3. Gordon L Christie,
  4. Joe S Legge
  1. Department of Respiratory Medicine, Aberdeen Royal Infirmary, Aberdeen, UK
  1. Correspondence to:
 Dr Graeme P Currie
 Department of Respiratory Medicine, Aberdeen Royal Infirmary, Foresterhill, Aberdeen AB25 2ZN, UK; graeme.currie{at}


Pneumothorax is a relatively common clinical problem which can occur in individuals of any age. Irrespective of aetiology (primary, or secondary to antecedent lung disorders or injury), immediate management depends on the extent of cardiorespiratory impairment, degree of symptoms and size of pneumothorax. Guidelines have been produced which outline appropriate strategies in the care of patients with a pneumothorax, while the emergence of video-assisted thoracoscopic surgery has created a more accessible and successful tool by which to prevent recurrence in selected individuals. This evidence based review highlights current practices involved in the management of patients with a pneumothorax.

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