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BET 1: IS A CHEST DRAIN NECESSARY IN STABLE PATIENTS WITH TRAUMATIC PNEUMOTHORAX?
  1. Linda Symington, Specialist Registrar,
  2. Elizabeth McGugan, Specialist Registrar
  1. Ninewells Hospital, Dundee, UK

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    Institution: Ninewells Hospital, Dundee, UK

    CLINICAL SCENARIO

    A patient presents to the emergency department following an isolated chest injury. He is not dyspnoeic and recorded observations are normal but chest x ray demonstrates a simple pneumothorax. You wonder whether this patient requires formal chest drain insertion or if he can be treated conservatively?

    THREE-PART QUESTION

    In [stable patients with traumatic pneumothorax] is …

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