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Pediatr Emerg Care. 2005 Apr;21(4):259-60.

Sports-related pneumothorax in children.

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The Children's Hospital at Westmead, NSW, Australia.


Pneumothorax after blunt chest trauma in the absence of rib fractures is uncommon and has only rarely been reported as a result of sporting activity. Presentation may vary from an apparently normal physical examination in the presence of a small pneumothorax to hemodynamic compromise in the presence of a tension pneumothorax. High fitness levels in athletes may result in failure to recognize symptoms and delay diagnosis, potentially increasing morbidity. It is imperative for the emergency physician to exclude pneumothorax in children who present with chest pain after blunt chest trauma from sports injury. We report our experience with and the management of 3 patients with pneumothoraces.

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