Flashcards in Pneumothorax Deck (5):
What is a pneumothorax?
Presence of air in the pleural cavity
What are the two causes of pneumothorax?
Spontaneous and traumatic
What is the typical profile of a person with a pneumothorax?
A young person performing vigorous exercise
What is a tension pneumothorax?
Unilateral pneumothorax extensive enough to shift the mediastinum to opposite side with compression of the opposite lung = medical emergency