Term: Iatrogenic Pneumothorax

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Glossary Definition

Last Updated: 2006-07-20

Definition:

Iatrogenic pneumothorax refers to a punctured lung. A puncture of the lung can occur during procedures such as insertions of intercostal catheters and drains, thoracentesis, central line insertion and intubation for mechanical ventilation.

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References 

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