Pneumothorax - Description

Normally, pressure inside the lungs is greater than pressure in the pleural space. This difference in pressure allows the lungs to stay filled with air. But air or some other gas can get into the pleural space. When it does so, the normal condition is reversed. Pressure in the pleural space becomes greater than pressure in the lungs. This extra pressure on the lungs can cause them to collapse partially or completely.

Electrocardiogram (ECG):
A test that measures the electrical function of the heart, indicating the presence of any heart problems.
Having to do with the membrane that surrounds the lungs.
A procedure for removing fluids from the pleural space by inserting a long, thin needle between the ribs.

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