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Dr. Kevin Windisch
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Second Hand Smoke (Definition)

Second hand tobacco smoke can be irritating to the lining of the ear's normal draining tube (the Eustachian tube). Some estimate that exposure to second hand smoke is responsible for as many as 2 million extra ear infections each year in the US. Reducing exposure ...Read more


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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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?

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. ...Read more

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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 ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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Question about risk factors for spontaneous pneumothorax--any particular age or race?

Question about risk factors for spontaneous pneumothorax--any particular age or race?

Age is a factor: Spontaneous pneumo is more common in males and usually occurs in the early twenties. Occurance in females and after age foorty is less common. Other risk factors include smoking, family history and a history of marfan syndrome. Women with endometriosis with thorasic involvement may be at higher risk. Incidence appears to vary based on geography but the reason is not clear. ...Read more

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Dr. Loki Skylizard
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Collapsed Lung (Definition)

Pneumothorax is the collection of air or gas in the space inside the chest around the lungs, which leads ...Read more