Definition of pneumothorax in English:


Line breaks: pneumo|thorax
Pronunciation: /ˌnjuːmə(ʊ)ˈθɔːraks


[mass noun] Medicine
  • The presence of air or gas in the cavity between the lungs and the chest wall, causing collapse of the lung.
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    • Only eight of the 24 patients with post-procedure pneumothorax received chest tubes to re-expand their lungs.
    • Also known as pneumothorax, a collapsed lung is treated by reinflating the lung.
    • The most common complications reported are infection and pneumothorax.

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