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Traumatic Pneumothorax
Allen Heeger, DO
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KEY FACTS

  • Terminology

    • Imaging

      • Top Differential Diagnoses

        • Clinical Issues

          • Diagnostic Checklist

            TERMINOLOGY

            • Abbreviations

              • Pneumothorax (PTX)
            • Definitions

              • Air in pleural space following blunt or penetrating trauma

            IMAGING

            • General Features

              • Radiographic Findings

                • CT Findings

                  • Ultrasonographic Findings

                    • Imaging Recommendations

                      DIFFERENTIAL DIAGNOSIS

                        PATHOLOGY

                        • General Features

                          CLINICAL ISSUES

                          • Presentation

                            • Natural History & Prognosis

                              • Treatment

                                DIAGNOSTIC CHECKLIST

                                • Image Interpretation Pearls

                                  • Reporting Tips

                                    Selected References

                                    1. Lichtenberger JP et al: Imaging of combat-related thoracic trauma - blunt trauma and blast lung injury. Mil Med. 183(3-4):e89-96, 2018
                                    2. Durso AM et al: Penetrating thoracic injury. Radiol Clin North Am. 53(4):675-93, vii-viii, 2015
                                    3. Langdorf MI et al: Prevalence and clinical import of thoracic injury identified by chest computed tomography but not chest radiography in blunt trauma: multicenter prospective cohort study. Ann Emerg Med. 66(6):589-600, 2015
                                    4. Kaewlai R et al: Multidetector CT of blunt thoracic trauma. Radiographics. 28(6):1555-70, 2008
                                    5. Sharma A et al: Principles of diagnosis and management of traumatic pneumothorax. J Emerg Trauma Shock. 1(1):34-41, 2008
                                    6. Sangster GP et al: Blunt traumatic injuries of the lung parenchyma, pleura, thoracic wall, and intrathoracic airways: multidetector computer tomography imaging findings. Emerg Radiol. 14(5):297-310, 2007
                                    7. Miller LA: Chest wall, lung, and pleural space trauma. Radiol Clin North Am. 44(2):213-24, viii, 2006
                                    8. Tocino IM et al: Distribution of pneumothorax in the supine and semirecumbent critically ill adult. AJR Am J Roentgenol. 144(5):901-5, 1985
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                                    KEY FACTS

                                    • Terminology

                                      • Imaging

                                        • Top Differential Diagnoses

                                          • Clinical Issues

                                            • Diagnostic Checklist

                                              TERMINOLOGY

                                              • Abbreviations

                                                • Pneumothorax (PTX)
                                              • Definitions

                                                • Air in pleural space following blunt or penetrating trauma

                                              IMAGING

                                              • General Features

                                                • Radiographic Findings

                                                  • CT Findings

                                                    • Ultrasonographic Findings

                                                      • Imaging Recommendations

                                                        DIFFERENTIAL DIAGNOSIS

                                                          PATHOLOGY

                                                          • General Features

                                                            CLINICAL ISSUES

                                                            • Presentation

                                                              • Natural History & Prognosis

                                                                • Treatment

                                                                  DIAGNOSTIC CHECKLIST

                                                                  • Image Interpretation Pearls

                                                                    • Reporting Tips

                                                                      Selected References

                                                                      1. Lichtenberger JP et al: Imaging of combat-related thoracic trauma - blunt trauma and blast lung injury. Mil Med. 183(3-4):e89-96, 2018
                                                                      2. Durso AM et al: Penetrating thoracic injury. Radiol Clin North Am. 53(4):675-93, vii-viii, 2015
                                                                      3. Langdorf MI et al: Prevalence and clinical import of thoracic injury identified by chest computed tomography but not chest radiography in blunt trauma: multicenter prospective cohort study. Ann Emerg Med. 66(6):589-600, 2015
                                                                      4. Kaewlai R et al: Multidetector CT of blunt thoracic trauma. Radiographics. 28(6):1555-70, 2008
                                                                      5. Sharma A et al: Principles of diagnosis and management of traumatic pneumothorax. J Emerg Trauma Shock. 1(1):34-41, 2008
                                                                      6. Sangster GP et al: Blunt traumatic injuries of the lung parenchyma, pleura, thoracic wall, and intrathoracic airways: multidetector computer tomography imaging findings. Emerg Radiol. 14(5):297-310, 2007
                                                                      7. Miller LA: Chest wall, lung, and pleural space trauma. Radiol Clin North Am. 44(2):213-24, viii, 2006
                                                                      8. Tocino IM et al: Distribution of pneumothorax in the supine and semirecumbent critically ill adult. AJR Am J Roentgenol. 144(5):901-5, 1985