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Table 2 Disparity in size classification in the differing treatment groups and adherence to BTS and ACCP guidance

From: A need to reconsider guidelines on management of primary spontaneous pneumothorax?

Treatment Total Classified as ‘large’ (%) Disparity in classification (%) BTS guidelines followed (%) ACCP guidelines followed (%)
BTS ACCP
Whole group 87 40 (46) 67 (77) 30 (34) 61 (70) 28 (32)
Conservative 27 0 (0) 11 (41) 12 (44) 27 (100) 16 (59)
Needle aspiration only 23 10 (43) 23 (100) 11 (48) 14 (61) 0a
Intercostal chest drain (all) 37 30 (81) 33 (89) 7 (19) 20 (54) 12 (32)
ICD with inpatient stay 15 13 (87) 14 (93) 3 (20) 7 (47) 8 (53)
ICD with outpatient management 22 17 (77) 19 (86) 4 (18) 13 (59) 4 (18)
  1. aACCP guidelines do not recommend aspiration