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Overview of Lung Tumors

By

Robert L. Keith

, MD, Division of Pulmonary Sciences and Critical Care Medicine, University of Colorado School of Medicine

Last full review/revision Jul 2020| Content last modified Jul 2020
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Pneumothorax occurs when air enters the pleural space and partially or completely causes the lung to collapse. There are several different types of pneumothorax including primary and secondary spontaneous, traumatic, catamenial, and iatrogenic; each of these types occurs due to a different cause. Of these causes, which of the following is most common in patients with secondary spontaneous pneumothorax?
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