Christopher M. Merrick

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What every physician needs to know: A pneumothorax is present when there is air in the pleural space. Primary spontaneous pneumothoraces are usually more of a nuisance than they are life-threatening, while secondary pneumothoraces can be life-threatening because of limited lung reserve. Tension pneumothorax is a medical emergency that, if not readily diagnosed and treated,…

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