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Evaluating the treatment options for spontaneous pneumothorax

Evaluating the treatment options for spontaneous pneumothorax.

Pneumothorax is defined as the presence of air within the pleural space. As early as 1819, Laennec described the symptoms and signs of a patient with a pneumothorax. Although most pneumothoraces were then caused by tuberculosis, he also found pneumothoraces during autopsies of patients with apparently healthy lungs; he named these ‘pneumothorax simple’ (Schramel et al, 1997).

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