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can living at a higher altitude be a risk if you had a spontaneous pneumothorax?

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Dr. Prashant Sinha
General Surgery 19 years experience
Slightly: Once your heart, blood and lungs have acclimatized there should only be minimal if any additional risk. The only time of increased risk is the initial change to a higher altitude.
Dr. Prashant Sinha
General Surgery 19 years experience
Slightly: Once your heart, blood and lungs have acclimatized there should only be minimal if any additional risk. The only time of increased risk is the initial change to a higher altitude.
Dr. Loki Skylizard
Thoracic Surgery 20 years experience
Possibly: Living at higher altitude is not regarded as an independent risk factor for spontaneous pneumothorax. The risk factors for primary and secondary spontaneous pneumothorax (sp) include: smoking (including marijuana), tall thin stature in otherwise healthy, connective tissue disorders, pregnancy, familial history. Lung inflammation is also hypothesized to be important.

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