Pneumothorax history and symptoms

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Editor-In-Chief: C. Michael Gibson, M.S., M.D. [1]; Associate Editor(s)-in-Chief: Hamid Qazi, MD, BSc [2]

Overview

The most common symptoms of pneumothorax include sharp chest pain, difficulty breathing, anxiety, and increased work of breathing. Less common symptoms of pneumothorax include hypotension, cyanosis, and decreased level of consciousness.

History and Symptoms

History

Patients with pneumothorax may have a positive history of:[1]

Common Symptoms

Less Common Symptoms

Less common symptoms of pneumothorax include:

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 Sahn, Steven A.; Heffner, John E. (2000). "Spontaneous Pneumothorax". New England Journal of Medicine. 342 (12): 868–874. doi:10.1056/NEJM200003233421207. ISSN 0028-4793.
  2. Sharma, Anita; Jindal, Parul (2008). "Principles of diagnosis and management of traumatic pneumothorax". Journal of Emergencies, Trauma and Shock. 1 (1): 34. doi:10.4103/0974-2700.41789. ISSN 0974-2700.



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