Are occult pneumothoraces truly occult or simply missed?

@article{Ball2006AreOP,
  title={Are occult pneumothoraces truly occult or simply missed?},
  author={Chad Geoffrey Ball and Andrew W Kirkpatrick and Danial L Fox and Kevin B Laupland and Luck J. Louis and Gordon D Andrews and M Patricia Dunlop and John B. Kortbeek and Savvas Nicolaou},
  journal={The Journal of trauma},
  year={2006},
  volume={60 2},
  pages={294-8 discussion 298-9}
}
BACKGROUND Nonradiologists typically diagnose pneumothoraces (PTX) based on a visible pleural stripe. PTXs not seen on supine AP chest radiographs (CXR), but appreciated on a computed tomographic (CT) scan, termed occult pneumothoraces (OPTX), are increasingly common. The purpose was to (1) determine whether perceived OPTXs were truly occult or simply missed and (2) address factors that contribute to the poor sensitivity of the supine CXR. METHODS A previous study of severely injured patients… CONTINUE READING

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