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Clinical Review

Spontaneous pneumothorax

BMJ 2014; 348 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.g2928 (Published 08 May 2014) Cite this as: BMJ 2014;348:g2928

Re: Spontaneous pneumothorax

This Comprehensive review on Spontaneous Pneumothorax does not mention the use of Bedside Ultrasound Scanning for Diagnosis or to guide the insertion of drains when applicable.

Ultrasound scanning is non invasive, carries lower risk of radiation and is becoming more available at the bedside.

It is incorporated in the extended FAST exam for assessing trauma patients with reported high sensitivity and short time required to perform in comparison with CT scanning.

Competing interests: No competing interests

12 May 2014
Naguib Hilmy
General Practitioner
Whaddon Medical Centre
Bletchley, MK3 7QU