Acronyms, pneumothoraces and the impact of international health on the NHS
- Correspondence to Dr John Charles Furness, Departments of Paediatrics, County Durham and Darlington NHS Foundation Trust, Darlington Memorial Hospital, Hollyhurst Road, Darlington, Durham, DL3 6HX, UK;
- Accepted 5 April 2012
- Published Online First 27 April 2012
I read the latest Issue of Thorax with amusement and frustration.
I could not resist your challenge in your Editorial, ‘Pre-drainage tension’, triggered by letters from Drs Simpson and Leigh Smith1 ,2 to make a ridiculous acronym.3
My understanding of pneumothorax was that it is due to a loss of the negative intrapleural pressure that overcomes the elastic recoil of the pulmonary tissues. Once this vacuum is …