A 20 year old man presents with shortness of breath and pleuritic chest pain. What does this ultrasound show?
- This scan demonstrates a pneumothorax.
- The echogenic parietal pleural line is clearly defined and lung sliding is lost, reflecting the still air lying between the separated visceral and parietal pleural layers.
For completeness you examine the non-painful lung. What does this scan demonstrate?
- This scan demonstrates normal lung
- The two pleural surfaces can be seen sliding against one another.
- The comet tail artefact would be obscured if a pneumothorax was present.
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