What causes pneumothorax in status asthmaticus?

Updated: Jun 17, 2020
  • Author: Constantine K Saadeh, MD; Chief Editor: John J Oppenheimer, MD  more...
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Pneumothorax may complicate acute asthma because of increased airway pressure or as a result of mechanical ventilation. Superimposed infection can also occur in intubated patients. Patients may require a chest tube for pneumothorax or aggressive antibiotic therapy for a superimposed infection.


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