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The incidence of pneumothorax in neonates has decreased with of use of antenatal steroids in women at risk of preterm delivery, surfactant treatment and new modes of respiratory support.1 We reviewed the records of ventilated neonates with a diagnosis of pneumothorax, born between September 1997 and September 2003, to identify its risk factors. A group of concurrently born, ventilated neonates of same gestation and birth weight who did not have pneumothorax served as the control group. The characteristics studied were positive end …
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