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Spontaneous pneumothorax is a problem well known to EDs with an incidence of approximately 37 per 100 000.1 Although classically associated with sharp, pleuritic, unilateral chest pain and dyspnoea, these symptoms are sometimes relatively minor and presentation can be delayed, with some patients presenting several days after symptom onset. Examination may not detect …
Contributors DB is the index patient and first mentioned his experience to colleagues. GJ wrote the letter; MR and AT reviewed the letter.
Competing interests None declared.
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