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Tension pneumothorax




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Follow-up radiograph
Follow-up radiograph


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Note the marked density difference between the left and right thoracic cavities. The complete translucency on the left with absence of vascular markings is characteristic of a pneumothorax. What appears as a left hilar mass is in fact the collapsed left lung retracted into a small central density. The patient is incidentally a female whose breast shadows account for the change in density between the upper and lower lung fields.

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