pneumothorax

noun
pneu·mo·tho·rax | \ˌnü-mə-ˈthȯr-ˌaks, ˌnyü-\

Definition of pneumothorax 

: a condition in which air or other gas is present in the pleural cavity and which occurs spontaneously as a result of disease or injury of lung tissue, rupture of air-filled pulmonary cysts, or puncture of the chest wall or is induced as a therapeutic measure to collapse the lung

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Two valve patients who went right home died of pneumothorax, and a third who suffered it in the hospital died 13 days after getting the valves. Marie Mccullough, Philly.com, "Temple-led study of lung-shrinking valves offers new hope for advanced emphysema," 22 May 2018 Any time a person inserts a needle into a patient, there’s a risk ranging from an infection to a pneumothorax, or collapsed lung. Shari Rudavsky, Indianapolis Star, "A needlesome problem: Who should be able to perform acupuncture-like technique?," 14 Mar. 2018 If any part of the lung lining is punctured, that could result in pneumothorax (collapsed lung). Profootballdoc, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Jay Gruden's quick call on Josh Norman portends more than rib fracture," 2 Oct. 2017

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First Known Use of pneumothorax

1821, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for pneumothorax

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pneumothorax

noun
pneu·mo·tho·rax | \ˌn(y)ü-mə-ˈthō(ə)r-ˌaks, -ˈthȯ(ə)r- \
plural pneumothoraxes or pneumothoraces\-ˈthōr-ə-ˌsēz \

Medical Definition of pneumothorax 

: a condition in which air or other gas is present in the pleural cavity and which occurs spontaneously as a result of disease or injury of lung tissue, rupture of air-filled pulmonary cysts, or puncture of the chest wall or is induced as a therapeutic measure to collapse the lung — see tension pneumothorax — compare oleothorax

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