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Does anyone know why the trachea shifts in a pneumonthorax?

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Dr. Andrew Oswari
Family Medicine
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In brief: Pressure

The high pressure that is produced when air gets into pleural space is so great, that it pushes the trachea to the other side.

In brief: Pressure

The high pressure that is produced when air gets into pleural space is so great, that it pushes the trachea to the other side.
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Dr. James Sidman
ENT - Head & Neck Surgery - Pediatric
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In brief: Two reasons

In a tension pneumothorax, the pressure from the trapped air on one side forces the trachea and remaining lung over to one side.
In just a regular pneumothorax, the pressure from the normal side pushes over the collopsed side and the trachea gets pushed with it.

In brief: Two reasons

In a tension pneumothorax, the pressure from the trapped air on one side forces the trachea and remaining lung over to one side.
In just a regular pneumothorax, the pressure from the normal side pushes over the collopsed side and the trachea gets pushed with it.
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