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Does plain radiography predict pneumothorax size?
  1. Gary Sudwarts, SHO,
  2. David Foler, Senior Registrar in Accident and Emergency
  1. Great Ormand Street Hospital

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    Report by Gary Sudwarts, SHOChecked by David Foler, Senior Registrar in Accident and EmergencyGreat Ormand Street Hospital

    Three part question

    In [a patient with a pneumothorax] are [plain chest x rays] reliable [in predicting volume of air in the chest]?

    Clinical scenario

    A 22-year-old male presents to you in Accident and Emergency complaining of sudden onset of shortness of breath and right sided pleuritic chest pain. He has clinical signs in …

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