Pneumothorax, Questions

1. What is your first line imaging test to diagnose pneumothorax (PTX)? When do you get a CT?

EML Pneumothorax Questions2. How do you manage traumatic pneumothoraces found incidentally on CT (i.e., not clinically apparent, not on CXR)?  What if the patient requires mechanical ventilation?

3. In patients with a primary, spontaneous PTX do you place a chest tube? When do you consider a “pigtail” catheter or needle aspiration?


4. When do you do a needle thoracostomy? Where do you put the needle?

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