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can traveling (driving) to places of higher elevation cause a recurrent spontaneous pneumothorax? somewhere around 6000 to 8000 foot difference?

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Dr. Clarence Grim
56 years experience Endocrinology
Pneumothorax: Can traveling (driving) to places of higher elevation cause a recurrent spontaneous pneumothorax? Somewhere around 6000 to 8000 foot difference? ANS: if you are predisposed to them yes. So if you have a lung bleb it responds to physics like a ballon. The higher u go the bigger it gets. If it gets big enough it ruptures & walla! pneumothorax. The diff btw 6000 and 8000 is 2000. So may matter in u.
Answered on Dec 22, 2016
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