Table 2

Incidence rates of pneumothorax in different populations (all rates expressed per 100 000 per year)

Study location Period of study Pneumothorax
(all types)
PSP SSP Comments
Glasgow11 1970s7.8Hospital admissions to one centre
Dundee13 1976–8111.7Hospital admissions to one centre
Outside UK
Stockholm, Sweden14 198028.0 (men)
10.0 (women)
Hospital contacts within a county
Minnesota, USA15 1950–747.97.7 (men) 1.3 (women)5.4 (men)
1.9 (women)
Based on 141 cases identified from community health records
  • PSP = primary spontaneous pneumothorax; SSP = secondary spontaneous pneumothorax.