Pneumothorax: Types & Causes


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Why would a person stabbed in the chest develop pneumothorax?

I. They actually may not, so the question is misleading.

II. The stab wound may cause the air to enter the pleural space from the environment.

III. The knife may pierce the lung itself, causing air to rush into the pleural space from inside the lungs.

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1. How could mechanical ventilation during anesthesia result in a pneumothorax? Choose the most likely reason.

2. How is it that a person with no hole in their chest wall may have a case of traumatic pneumothorax?

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About this Quiz & Worksheet

You can test your knowledge of pneumothorax and it causes in this quick quiz. Use the quiz and printable worksheet to review the types of pneumothorax and how they are different.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

Use this quiz and worksheet to:

  • Recall the risks of pneumothorax
  • Assess your understanding of the different kinds
  • Review the causes of a pneumothorax

Skills Practiced

  • Information recall - assess your knowledge on what it means to have a pneumothorax
  • Distinguishing differences- differentiate between the types of pneumothorax
  • Knowledge application - use your understanding to answer questions about why a pneumothorax might develop in a given situation

Additional Learning

If you want to learn more about this condition, read the accompanying lesson, Pneumothorax: Types & Causes. You'll get a deeper review of:

  • What it means to have a pneumothorax and what it looks like
  • Related terms like pleural space and what it means
  • How the different types of pneumothorax might occur