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How long should i wait before driving from sea level to 8000+ft after a pneumothorax? i have had vats pleurodesis before but had small recurrent pnemo

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Dr. Sarah Kohl
Travel Medicine 36 years experience
Depends: The answer depends upon the specifics of your situation- why you developed a pneumothorax (spontanious, tramatic, underlying lung disease, etc), is it recurrant, and how much is still left. The doctor who is treating you can best answer this question.
Dr. Mario Matos-Cruz
Thoracic Surgery 40 years experience
Depends: On the remaining size and number of blebs or bullae. If on the cat scan of the thorax none are left and a good abrassive and light talc pleurodesis was done the chances of a recurrent spontaneous pneumothorax is less than 1%.

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