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Can you fly after surgery for a spontaneous pneumothorax?

Can you fly after surgery for a spontaneous pneumothorax?

Yes, after some time: The surgeon and pulmonologist (lung specialist) can advise a person on how long to wait after pneumothorax surgery before flying in an airplane up high, especially if the person is a pilot. There will be a recommended time period after the surgery, when the lungs are healing and probably attaching themselves to the inside chest wall (to make it hard for the lung to collapse down next time). ...Read more

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Spontaneous Pneumothorax (Definition)

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


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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. ...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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Could I get some information on a spontaneous pneumothorax?

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. ...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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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. ...Read more

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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.. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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