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A 20-year-old female asked:

I am terrified of having another lung collapse, i had 3 lung collapses over the course of a month and then a thoracotomy , is it possible to go away?

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Dr. Satyanarayan Hegde
Pediatric Pulmonology 28 years experience
May go away: You have what is called as recurrent pneumothorax. Have you been seen by a pulmonologist? If not you will need to be. The surest way of preventing another pneumothorax is by doing pleurodhesis.
Dr. Pasala Ravichandran
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Yes: Lung collapse occurs due to weak spots. But, thoracic surgery to produce adhesions inside the chest causes the lung to stick to the chest and prevent it from collapsing. The procedure can be done both sides.

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Last updated Jun 15, 2014

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