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Pseudopneumothorax: diagnostic pitfalls
  1. Megha Gupta1,
  2. Saurabh Chandrakar2,
  3. Ankit Agarwal1
  1. 1Anaesthesia and Critical Care Medicine, All India Institute of Medical Sciences, Rishikesh, Uttarakhand, India
  2. 2Critical Care Medicine, All India Institute of Medical Sciences, Rishikesh, Uttarakhand, India
  1. Correspondence to Dr Saurabh Chandrakar, Critical Care Medicine, All India Institute of Medical Sciences - Rishikesh, Rishikesh, Uttarakhand 249203, India; drsaurabh6587{at}gmail.com

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Evidence of pneumothorax on radiograph of the chest without accompanying major respiratory signs is rare. Various artefacts including skin fold, shirt fold, bed sheet fold and medial border of scapula are known to mimic pneumothorax. Though detection of lung markings in the periphery rules out pneumothorax, but in conditions such as emphysema and bullous disease it is difficult to these markings. It is important to differentiate between a pneumothorax and a pseudopneumothorax because unnecessary intervention could precipitate serious complications.

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  • Contributors Each author has contributed sufficiently. MG: preparation, revision and submission of the manuscript and patient management. SC: preparation, revision and submission of the manuscript. AA: revision of the manuscript, guidance and overall patient management.

  • Funding The authors have not declared a specific grant for this research from any funding agency in the public, commercial or not-for-profit sectors.

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