Radiographic recognition of pneumothorax in the intensive care unit.

Journal Article (Journal Article)

Recognizing pneumothorax and hydropneumothorax on chest x-rays of supine ICU patients requires attention to areas other than the lung apex. Pleural air in a supine patient collects in the anterior costophrenic sulcus, producing hyperlucency over the upper abdominal quadrants, and the deep costophrenic sulcus sign. Hydropneumothorax may be recognized when a sharp pleural line is bordered by increased opacity within the pleural space. The presence of pneumothorax and hydropneumothorax can be confirmed by decubitus or upright chest x-rays.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Chiles, C; Ravin, CE

Published Date

  • August 1986

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 14 / 8

Start / End Page

  • 677 - 680

PubMed ID

  • 3720324

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0090-3493

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1097/00003246-198608000-00002


  • eng

Conference Location

  • United States