Also found in: Thesaurus, Medical, Acronyms, Encyclopedia, Wikipedia.
Related to pneumothorax: Tension pneumothorax


 (no͞o′mō-thôr′ăks′, nyo͞o′-)
Accumulation of air or gas in the pleural cavity, occurring as a result of disease or injury, or sometimes induced to collapse the lung in the treatment of tuberculosis and other lung diseases.


1. (Pathology) the abnormal presence of air between the lung and the wall of the chest (pleural cavity), resulting in collapse of the lung
2. (Medicine) med the introduction of air into the pleural cavity to collapse the lung: a former treatment for tuberculosis


(ˌnu məˈθɔr æks, -ˈθoʊr-, ˌnyu-)

the presence of air or gas in the pleural cavity.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.pneumothorax - abnormal presence of air in the pleural cavity resulting in the collapse of the lung; may be spontaneous (due to injury to the chest) or induced (as a treatment for tuberculosis)
abnormalcy, abnormality - an abnormal physical condition resulting from defective genes or developmental deficiencies


[ˌnjuːməʊˈθɔːræks] npneumotorace m


n. neumotórax, acumulación de aire o gas en la cavidad pleural que resulta en colapso del pulmón afectado;
spontaneous ______ espontáneo;
tension ______ por tensión.


n neumotórax m
References in periodicals archive ?
To relieve tension pneumothorax chest intubation was done.
Our study differs from this international study, perhaps due to less use of mechanical ventilation, as this is an important risk factor for development of pneumothorax, and our unit does not have enough ventilatory support for these babies.
He sustained multiple rib fractures, with secondary pneumothorax," he said.
Primary spontaneous pneumothorax typically occurs in young, asthenic adults.
The pathophysiology of paraquat-induced acute lung injury resulting in spontaneous pneumothorax was first described by Daisley and Barton [6] in 1990, after a report by Nakaoka et al.
Transbronchial biopsy should be performed carefully considering its indications and clinical use because some complications associated with the procedure, such as bleeding, pneumothorax, cardiac arrhythmia, and respiratory failure, can develop (3).
The early diagnosis and treatment of neonatal pneumothorax (NP) are vital, as it may help avoid complications and reduce morbidity and mortality.
Methods: A retrospective review of electronic and paper medical charts identified 104 consecutive operations performed at University of Kentucky Chandler Medical Center for spontaneous pneumothorax management between the dates of January 2000 and January 2013.
A deep dive into the case revealed that the coder had assigned the code for traumatic pneumothorax with a seventh character of "D," which indicates a subsequent encounter for the pneumothorax.
Common classification is to classify it into spontaneous pneumothorax (SP) which occurs without a preceding external trauma, and traumatic pneumothorax which follows penetrating, blunt or barometric trauma to the chest.
Development of bilateral pneumothorax during laparoscopic procedure is a very rare but potentially life-threatening complication.