Traumatic lung and paramediastinal pneumatoceles

C. J. Fagan, L. E. Swischuk

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Abstract

Traumatic pulmonary and paramediastinal pneumatoceles are definite, acutely formed, primary structural manifestations incident to nonpenetrating chest trauma. They are not secondary lesions, i.e., cavities or pneumatoceles resulting from the resolution of a pulmonary hematoma. Awareness of this fact will explain the not uncommon finding of a cavitary lesion, often containing an air fluid level, on initial emergency room radiographs of patients who have sustained closed trauma. This will avoid unnecessary and unpleasant diagnostic procedures, including thoracotomy, for traumatic pneumatoceles are self limiting, benign abnormalities which usually require no therapy other than observation.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)11-18
Number of pages8
JournalRadiology
Volume120
Issue number1
StatePublished - 1976

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Lung
Wounds and Injuries
Thoracotomy
Hematoma
Hospital Emergency Service
Thorax
Air
Observation
Therapeutics

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Fagan, C. J., & Swischuk, L. E. (1976). Traumatic lung and paramediastinal pneumatoceles. Radiology, 120(1), 11-18.

Traumatic lung and paramediastinal pneumatoceles. / Fagan, C. J.; Swischuk, L. E.

In: Radiology, Vol. 120, No. 1, 1976, p. 11-18.

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Fagan, CJ & Swischuk, LE 1976, 'Traumatic lung and paramediastinal pneumatoceles', Radiology, vol. 120, no. 1, pp. 11-18.
Fagan CJ, Swischuk LE. Traumatic lung and paramediastinal pneumatoceles. Radiology. 1976;120(1):11-18.
Fagan, C. J. ; Swischuk, L. E. / Traumatic lung and paramediastinal pneumatoceles. In: Radiology. 1976 ; Vol. 120, No. 1. pp. 11-18.
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