Pulmonary function and alpha-1-antitrypsin levels in patients after so-called idiopathic spontaneous pneumothorax.

Abstract

The subpleural blebs found in patients with so-called idiopathic spontaneous pneumothorax suggest that pneumothorax could possibly be an early manifestation of pulmonary emphysema in these subjects. In order to investigate this hypothesis, fifty-six young adults (32 +/- 9 yr; 45 men and 11 women) were examined after idiopathic spontaneous pneumothorax. All… (More)

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