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In this study, we sought to determine the incidence and potential risk factors of pneumothorax in critically ill adults with COVID-19. The incidence of pneumothorax was 10% and associated with higher mortality. Strikingly, receipt of tocilizumab was associated with an increased risk of developing pneumothorax.

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This is the first study to find that the administration of tocilizumab significantly increased the risk of developing pneumothorax.

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This page is a summary of: Incidence and risk factors of COVID-19 associated pneumothorax, PLoS ONE, August 2022, PLOS, DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0271964.
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