Table 1

Characteristics of hospitalisations for non-traumatic pneumothorax between 2008 and 2011 in France

CharacteristicsN=59 637
Age (years), mean (SD)38 (19)
Year, n (%)
 200814 747 (25%)
 200915 170 (25%)
 201014 898 (25%)
 201114 822 (25%)
Season, n (%)
 Winter14 927 (25%)
 Spring15 101 (25%)
 Summer14 442 (24%)
 Fall15 167 (26%)
Pneumothorax type
 Idiopathic50 596 (85%)
 Secondary9041 (15%)
Place of hospitalisation
 Surgical ward16 236 (27%)
 Medical ward43 401 (73%)
Intensive or intermediate care unit16 057 (27%)
Surgical treatmentn=14 352
 Thoracoscopic blebs resection with partial pleural resection or pleural abrasion7529 (52%)
 Intrapleural instillation of irritant substance3431 (23%)
 Resection of bullae by thoracotomy2889 (20%)
 Others503 (5%)
Hospitalisation duration, mean (SD)7.0 (9.0)