Air around the lung

Alternative names
Pneumothorax; Air outside the lung

Definition
A pneumothorax is collection of air or gas in the pleural space (the space surrounding the lungs). See also Spontaneous pneumothorax, Traumatic pneumothorax, and Tension pneumothorax.

see Pneumothorax.

Johns Hopkins patient information

Last revised: December 7, 2012
by Sharon M. Smith, M.D.

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