Pediatric Pneumothorax Guidelines

Updated: Oct 16, 2019
  • Author: Andres Carrion, MD, FAAP; Chief Editor: Girish D Sharma, MD, FCCP, FAAP  more...
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Guidelines Summary

There is a lack of pediatric evidence to guide management. In a study, Soccorso et al concluded that the British Thoracic Society guidelines for the management of spontaneous pneumothorax are not applicable to children with large primary spontaneous pneumothorax. Needle aspiration is ineffective, and CT scanning should be used to assess apical emphysematous-like changes and secondary pathological conditions for pneumothorax. [5, 12]