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Response: tension pneumothorax prevalence grossly exaggerated
  1. C Lee,
  2. K M Porter
  1. Academic Department of Traumatology, University of Birmingham, Edgbaston, Birmingham, UK
  1. Dr C Lee; drcarolinelee{at}

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In our article we stated:

  1. “tension pneumothorax is a rare prehospital event, particularly in blunt trauma”

  2. “it is difficult to assess the exact numbers accurately as thoracocentesis is often performed in the absence of a true tension pneumothorax”

  3. “recent studies show …

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