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Related to pneumothoraxes: pneumothorax, pneumomediastinum, Tension pneumothorax, pleurodesis


 (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.
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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
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It shows the only significant complication of RFA for lung cancer is pneumothorax--and honestly, it's not a significant complication from a clinical point of view because only about 20% of these pneumothoraxes require aspiration and a chest tube," said Dr.
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