Pleural gas/pneumothorax (PNX)

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  • View:
    Lateral and VD

  • Defining characteristics:
    The air within the pleural space, displacement of the heart from the sternum, retraction of the lung margins for the thoracic walls

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  • Common differential diagnoses:
    Pneumothorax, pneumomediastinum

  • Helpful additional data:
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  • Commonly associated diagnostics:
    Consider thoracic ultrasound if available

  • Commonly associated treatments:
    Stabilization as needed, supportive care (oxygen), symptomatic treatment, discuss corrective options (set up for thoracocentesis)

  • Commonly associated home care:
    Based on the primary cause