Value of computed tomography of the lung in the management of primary spontaneous pneumothorax

Brad W. Warner, Warren W. Bailey, Ralph T. Shipley

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Abstract

The treatment of patients with primary spontaneous pneumothorax remains controversial, since recurrence and the ultimate need for thoracostomy cannot be predicted. In the current study, computed tomography (CT) of the lung was performed prospectively on 26 consecutive patients with primary spontaneous pneumothorax to determine whether the size and/or the number of apical blebs would correlate with recurrence and/or need for thoracostomy. Both the number of blebs and the bleb score (calculated by the number of blebs multiplied by a numeric value assigned a range of bleb sizes) of the affected lung was significantly greater in patients with a history of recurrent pneumothorax and/or ultimate need for thoracostomy as treatment. CT of the lung may be useful in predicting the natural history of pneumothorax.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)39-42
Number of pages4
JournalThe American Journal of Surgery
Volume162
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Jul 1991
Externally publishedYes

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