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The News and Research page consists of the latest news and reserach concerning all pneumothorax types. This includes reviews of current articles, and links to various essays and research topics.

AEM: Emergency Bedside Ultrasound to Detect Pneumothorax

A relatively new application of emergency ultrasound is its use in the diagnosis of pneumothorax. In patients with major trauma, early detection and treatment of pneumothorax are vital.
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ATS: Catamenial pneumothorax: retrospective study of surgical treatment

Catamenial pneumothorax is a rare entity characterized by recurrent accumulation of air in the thoracic space during menstruation. Catamenial pneumothorax is also associated with a high rate of postoperative recurrence.
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CHEST: Justifying Video-Assisted Thoracic Surgery for Spontaneous Hemopneumothorax*

Video-assisted thoracic surgery (VATS) has gained a prominent role in routine thoracic surgery practice. This study discusses the clinical aspects and utility of VATS in spontaneous hemopneumothorax (SHP).
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CHEST: Ultrasound-Guided Thoracentesis

All patients referred to interventional radiology for diagnostic and/or therapeutic ultrasound-guided thoracentesis between August 1997 and September 2000.
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CHEST: Bilateral Video-Assisted Thoracoscopic Surgery for Bilateral Spontaneous Pneumothorax

To review our experience with bilateral video-assisted thoracoscopic surgery (VATS) for the treatment of bilateral spontaneous pneumothorax (SP).
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EJTC: Giant bullous emphysema resection by VATS. Analysis of laser and stapler techniques

Advances in video-assisted thoracic surgical (VATS) technique led the authors to reconsider the treatment and thoracoscopic management of patients with giant bullous emphysema (GBE).
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CHEST: Real-Time Chest Ultrasonography*

This review discusses real-time pulmonary ultrasonography (US) for the practicing pulmonologist. US supplements chest radiography and chest CT scanning. Major advantages include bedside availability, absence of radiation, and guided aspiration of fluid-filled areas and solid tumors.
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Tension Pneumothorax Flash Animation

The following is an animation of a tension pneumothorax. Although this is an extreme example of a pneumothorax, it does provide a general idea of a small rupture causing the lung to collapse. Click here to see the animation.

CHEST: "Management of Spontaneous Pneumothorax"

The February, 2001 issue of CHEST (American College of Chest Physicians) features a Delphi consensus statement and interactive article on spontaneous pneumothorax. The article discusses various opinions, outcomes, benefits, harms, and recommendations of treatment for both primary and secondary pneumothoraces. To read the article please click here.


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