A 37-year-old member asked:
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could i fly with a partially collapsed lung?

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Dr. Frank Mayo
47 years experience Pulmonary Critical Care
NO: Not a good idea. The airplane air is under prfessure ie pressureized cabin and could increase the ptx while in flight needing emergency chest tube placement.
Answered on Jun 14, 2017
Dr. Hesham Hassaballa
21 years experience Pulmonary Critical Care
Could be risky: It depends on the type of "collapsed lung" that you have. But, when flying, there are definite pressure changes that can affect a collapsed lung. So, i would make sure it is ok with your doctor.
Answered on Jun 29, 2016
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