X-ray showing a lung affected by pneumothorax

X-ray showing a lung affected by pneumothorax

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Caption: X-ray showing the left lung (right of image) affected by pneumothorax, a condition in which air enters the pleural cavity. The lung collapses and shrinks towards the centre of the rib cage, visible as a faint shadow running downwards at right. Treatment involves the removal of the air through a suction tube (extreme right) which is kept in place for several days. Pneumothorax may occur spontaneously, or as a complication of a lung disease, or it may follow an injury such as a fractured rib. If there is continual leakage of air pneumothorax may become fatal because of compression on the heart.

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Keywords: collapsed, collapsed lung, condition, disease, disorder, healthcare, lung, lung disorder, medical, medicine, pleura disorder, pneumothorax, xray

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