[Pneumothorax in intensive care patients. The value of tangential views]

Rofo. 1990 Sep;153(3):275-7. doi: 10.1055/s-2008-1033378.
[Article in German]


In 55 intensive-care patients an additional tangential view of the chest was taken to demonstrate or exclude a pneumothorax in patients with sudden deterioration of gas exchange and negative ap-chest x-ray, if there was a suspicion of pneumothorax or a confirmed small pneumothorax in the ap-view. In 14 of 42 cases (33.3%) with negative or suspected ap-chest x-ray the tangential view revealed a pneumothorax. 6 of these 14 pneumothoraces were under tension. In 7 out of 11 patients (63.6%) with small pneumothorax, the tangential view showed additionally a tension pneumothorax.

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Aged
  • Critical Care*
  • Evaluation Studies as Topic
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Pneumothorax / diagnostic imaging*
  • Radiography, Thoracic / methods*