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Pneumothorax treatment. Coloured chest X-ray of a 51 year old woman during pneumothorax treatment, showing lung shadowing and surgical emphysema. Bones of the ribcage are seen. The darker lungs reveal extensive shadowing (lighter patches) but there is no longer evidence of pneumothorax. Pneumothorax occurs when air enters the pleural cavity around the lungs & the lungs may collapse. At right, surgical emphysema is seen outside the ribcage (dark area). ECG electrode leads attached to the chest are seen. An endotracheal tube is at top centre (green); central venous lines (upper left, top right) lead into major blood vessels.
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