How spontaneous pneumothorax is managed in emergency departments: a French multicentre descriptive study.


Emergency department, CHRU of Strasbourg - Nouvel hôpital civil, 1 place de l'hopital, 67091, Strasbourg, France. [Email]


Management of spontaneous pneumothorax (SP) is still subject to debate. Although encouraging results of recent studies about outpatient management with chest drains fitted with a one-way valve, no data exist concerning application of this strategy in real life conditions. We assessed how SP are managed in Emergency departments (EDs), in particular the role of outpatient management, the types of interventions and the specialty of the physicians who perform these interventions.


Aspiration,Emergency department,Observation,Outpatient management,Spontaneous pneumothorax,Thoracic drainage,