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J Zhejiang Univ Sci B. 2010 Oct;11(10):735-44. doi: 10.1631/jzus.B1000131.

Review: Diagnosis and treatment of primary spontaneous pneumothorax.

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Department of Surgery, St. Martin de Porres Hospital, Chia-Yi City 60069, Taiwan, China. luh572001@yahoo.com.tw

Abstract

Primary spontaneous pneumothorax (PSP) commonly occurs in tall, thin, adolescent men. Though the pathogenesis of PSP has been gradually uncovered, there is still a lack of consensus in the diagnostic approach and treatment strategies for this disorder. Herein, the literature is reviewed concerning mechanisms and personal clinical experience with PSP. The chest computed tomography (CT) has been more commonly used than before to help understand the pathogenesis of PSP and plan further management strategies. The development of video-assisted thoracoscopic surgery (VATS) has changed the profiles of management strategies of PSP due to its minimal invasiveness and high effectiveness for patients with these diseases.

PMID:
20872980
PMCID:
PMC2950234
DOI:
10.1631/jzus.B1000131
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