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Tension pneumothorax—time for a re-think?
  1. S Leigh-Smith1,
  2. 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;


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

  • TPT, tension pneumothorax
  • ICU, intensive care unit
  • IPP, intrapleural pressure
  • CVP, central venous pressure

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