Emerg Med J 22:8-16 doi:10.1136/emj.2003.010421
  • Reviews

Tension pneumothorax—time for a re-think?

  1. T Harris2
  1. 1Defence Medical Services, UK
  2. 2Intensive Care Unit, Alfred Hospital, Melbourne, Australia
  1. Correspondence to:
    Mr S Leigh-Smith
    c/o Institute of Naval Medicine, Monckton House, Alverstoke, Gosport, Hampshire PO12 2DL, UK;
  • Accepted 6 January 2004


This review examines the present understanding of tension pneumothorax and produces recommendations for improving the diagnostic and treatment decision process.

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