Spontaneous pneumothorax: time for some fresh air

Intern Med J. 2010 Mar;40(3):231-4. doi: 10.1111/j.1445-5994.2009.02155.x.


Conventional teaching on the mechanisms and treatment of spontaneous pneumothorax is either obviously wrong or based on a misunderstanding of the natural history of the condition. Spontaneous pneumothorax is a generally benign, self-limiting condition where conservative management should be considered. If intervention is needed, medical thoracoscopy might be the procedure of choice.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Air
  • Animals
  • Disease Management
  • Humans
  • Pneumothorax / diagnosis
  • Pneumothorax / etiology*
  • Pneumothorax / therapy*