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

Spontaneous pneumothorax: time for some fresh air.

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Thoracic Medicine, Cairns Base Hospital, James Cook University, Cairns, Queensland, Australia.


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.

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