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Second Hand Smoke (Definition)

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What is the most common cause of spontaneous pneumothorax?

What is the most common cause of spontaneous pneumothorax?

Not definite: "the exact pathogenesis of the spontaneous occurrence of a communication between the alveolar spaces and the pleura remains unknown. Most authors believe that spontaneous rupture of a subpleural bleb, or of a bulla, is always the cause of psp..." http://goo. Gl/frgdy.

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Can living at a higher altitude cause spontaneous pneumothorax?

No: Pneumothorax is a risk with barotrauma occurring during rapid changes in pressure causing the lung to overexpand. For example if a scuba diver is at depth takes a deep breath and comes up from the high pressure depth to low pressure at surface, the lungs will overexpand. As pressure decreases, volume of air in lungs increase>barotrauma. Living at constant pressure at high altitude is ok.

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Help docs! I'm trying to find out what causes a spontaneous pneumothorax?

Help docs! I'm trying to find out what causes a spontaneous pneumothorax?

Bleb: The usual cause is a weakness on the surface of the lung called a bleb, or ballooning of the wall. This is a weak stop, which can rupture when subjected to sudden high pressure. Blebs are common, and are rarely symptomatic. Treatment can be conservative, aspiration, tube drainage, or surgery.

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I have spontaneous pneumothorax. I smoke e-cigarette while im trying to quit smoking. Is it bad for my health?

I have spontaneous pneumothorax. I smoke e-cigarette while im trying to quit smoking. Is it bad for my health?

Yes and no: Trying to wean from smoking with e-cigarette will not increase the incidence of pneumothorax. It is not the nicotine that's a problem in lungs, it is the tar and all the small particles. On the other hand the side effects of nicotine on blood vessels and bones and are still there. So I hope you will stop smoking completely soon.

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In December I had a spontaneous pneumothorax. I know I shouldn't, but if I were to smoke a cigarette or weed, what would happen to my lung? Thank you

In December I had a spontaneous pneumothorax. I know I shouldn't, but if I were to smoke a cigarette or weed, what would happen to my lung? Thank you

Pneumo: Once this occurred - u have 20-60% chance of having it again for no reason at all. Some exacerbating risk- factors may be strenuous exercise, chest trauma, poorly controlled lung dzz, chronic smoking etc. However, having an occasional cigarette and/weed- while not the best way to spend ur health- should not increase ur risk more than original statement. Good luck

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Can I return to volleyball after suffering a spontaneous pneumothorax? My pneumothorax happened during sleep, so sport is not a major cause?

Can I return to volleyball after suffering a spontaneous pneumothorax? My pneumothorax happened during sleep, so sport is not a major cause?

Yes: But be cautious. Any symptom similar to those your experienced during the first pneumothorax, then you should seek emergent medical care. A repeat pneumothorax should prompt a surgical procedure to prevent this problem so that you can resume your normal life and volleyball.

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

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.

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Could I get some information on a spontaneous pneumothorax?

Collapsed lung: Spontaneous pneumothorax is collapse of the lung due to air leaking out from the lung. Spontaneous means that there is no obvious cause such as trauma. In most cases, it would be treated initially with a chest tube, which will allow the lung to re-expand. If it re-occurs or if the air leak does not seal, sometimes surgery is necessary.

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Why are tall, slender men at higher risk for developing spontaneous pneumothorax?

Why are tall, slender men at higher risk for developing spontaneous pneumothorax?

Unknown reason: Spontaneous pneumothorax, where a lung leaks air (from a broken bleb) into the chest cavity space, occurs more often in persons with taller, slender bodies. The reason is not known, but maybe taller lungs develop blebs ("bubbles" with air just under the lung's covering) more easily, or break blebs more easily. Men may be affected more often because they are taller than women.

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Can you fly after having spontaneous pneumothorax?

Can you fly after having spontaneous pneumothorax?

If well healed: Barotrauma from scuba or skydiving at high altitude could put a person at risk for spontaneous pneumothorax but since airline cabins are pressurized, a routine airline flight should not induce barotrauma. If previous pneumothorax has been treated without complication routine air travel is ok.

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Can spontaneous pneumothorax occur after pleurodesis?

Can spontaneous pneumothorax occur after pleurodesis?

Unfortunately yes: There are different techniques to treat spontaneous pneumothorax (sp). On average, a vats pleuradesis that uses talc application has over 90-95% success rate in primary sp. This means, even after aggressive surgical and chemical pleuradesis, there may be up to 10% of individuals that suffer recurrence.

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Does naval aviation lead to spontaneous pneumothorax?

Rare: In normal patients aviation does not lead to spontaneous pneumothorax. In people who have bullous disease or blebs (abnormal lung tissue that form large air sacs) pressure changes may lead to a higher risk of spontaneous pneumothorax. A person who already has had an episode of pneumothorax has as high as a 50% chance of having a recurrence without definitive treatment..

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Can spontaneous pneumothorax occur after a pleurodesis?

YES: The most effective means of pleuradesis occurs when medical grade talc is surgically applied. The success rate is estimated between 90-95%. Thus, individuals can see up to 15% recurrence. The other issue is that, patients may be at risk for pneumothorax in the opposite side. It is important to have thorough evaluation and discussion with a thoracic surgeon.

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

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

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.

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I had spontaneous pneumothorax 14 years ago as a tall, thin high schooler. What are the chances that it will return?

I had spontaneous pneumothorax 14 years ago as a tall, thin high schooler. What are the chances that it will return?

20-50%: Studies show highest chance of recurrence in 30 days with 23-50% chance of recurrence over 5 years; smoking increases the risk.

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Does the chest bilaterally expand if you have a spontaneous pneumothorax? Are there always symptoms associated with it?

Depends: Hopefully, a pneumothorax does not involve both sides! A large bilateral pneumothorax tends to be fatal! The lung will re-expand if a chest tube is placed or if the leak of air around the lung seals itself and the pneumothorax is slowly absorbed. Symptoms depends on the size of the pneumothorax and range from minimal to severe shortness of breath.

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My sister had spontaneous pneumothorax twice. She weighs only 30kgs and height is about 150 cm. How can we prevent from reoccurrence of this disease?

My sister had spontaneous pneumothorax twice. She weighs only 30kgs and height is about 150 cm. How can we prevent from reoccurrence of this disease?

Consult pulmonologis: As sister gets spontaneous pneumothorax, , she needs complete check up of her lungs by investigation to find out the defect in lung structure or/communication between lung and plura or adjacent structure like food pipe. Consult the pulminologist and get her treated so her lungs do not get collaspsed by recurrent pneumothorax.

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I would like info about spontaneous pneumothorax?

Unexpected: A spontaneous pneumothorax occurs when there is a sudden increase in pressure in the lung, causing a rupture. Most occur in people having a weakness on the surface of the lung, making it more susceptible to rupture. Treatment, if needed, is usually tube insertion for a first episode, and surgery for subsequent events.

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What are the symptoms of spontaneous pneumothorax?

Pain, short breath: Usually pain when it happens, then shortness of breath. Small spontaneous pneumothoraces may have no symptoms.

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