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1

What is a pneumothorax?

Presence of air in the pleural cavity

2

What are the two causes of pneumothorax?

Spontaneous and traumatic

3

What is the typical profile of a person with a pneumothorax?

A young person performing vigorous exercise

4

What is a tension pneumothorax?

Unilateral pneumothorax extensive enough to shift the mediastinum to opposite side with compression of the opposite lung = medical emergency

5

What is a bronchopleural fistula? How is it generally acquired?

Free communication between airway and pleura; Generally iatrogenic