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simple pneumothorax

sim·ple pneu·mo·tho·rax

/ˈsimpəl ˌn(y)o͞omōˈTHôˌraks/

Noun

A pneumothorax where the volume of free air inside the chest cavity is small, so only a small amount of lung tissue will be affected. The patient may complain only of being short of breath, and may be tachypneic as she compensates for the small loss of lung tissue. Lung sounds may be equal and normal. A simple pneumothorax is usually not treated surgically; in fact small, simple pneumothoraces tend to heal on their own (Feliciano et al., 2008).However, a simple pneumothorax may grow in size over time, if damage to the lung does not heal. The result greater loss of alveolar surface area will cause to patient to experience moderate to severe respiratory distress, tachycardia and other signs of hypoxia. Breath sounds become faint over the affected side.