n South African Medical Journal - Sudden death on an aeroplane : correspondence

Volume 100, Issue 5
  • ISSN : 0256-9574
  • E-ISSN: 2078-5135



I was much interested in the report by Tiemensma Considering the extent of the tension pneumothorax as seen in Fig. 1, one would have thought that the doctors on board should have diagnosed it - was the clinical examination done properly? Was the position of the trachea palpated, the thoracic cage percussed, auscultation of lung and heart sounds done?

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