Pneumothorax in a large autopsy population. A study of 77 cases.


Postmortem chest roentgenograms in approximately 3,500 cases of a random autopsy population were reviewed. Pneumothorax was found in 77 cases (2.2%). Simple pneumothorax was present in 38 cases, and tension pneumothorax or combined simple and tension pneumothorax was present in 39 cases. Only 40 of the 77 patients had been clinically diagnosed as having… (More)