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Ultrasound Guidance in Detection of Pneumothorax and Thoracentesis Performance: a Review

Hamed Amini Ahidashti, Seyed Mohammad Hoseininejad


Management of pneumothorax and its early diagnosis are important clinical skills for physicians in emergency departments and respiratory medicine. The recent investigations provide some evidence about the use of ultrasonography in the diagnosis of pneumothorax in critical care units. Currently, ultrasonography is used in most therapeutic and diagnostic departments for both detection and disease management. Advantages of ultrasonography are that it’s portable and can be applied on patient’s bedside. In this article, we reviewed the efficacy of ultrasonography in the diagnosis of pneumothorax and its performance in Thoracentesis. We concluded that diagnostic accuracy of ultrasonography was equal and sometimes more than chest radiography in the detection of pneumothorax. Ultrasonography will increase patient safety, the amount of fluid removed during thoracentesis and can reduce the risk of pneumothorax, hospitalization costs and length of stay.


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