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Does holding my sneeze give me a higher risk of having spontaneous pneumothorax?

Does holding my sneeze give me a higher risk of having spontaneous pneumothorax?

Pneumothorax: For normal healthy people, holding a sneeze poses no risk of causing a pneumothorax (collapsed lung). The rare exception is an older individual who due either due to a congenital lung cyst near the lining of the lung, or who has cystic degeration due to emphysema, where the increase in pressure would cause the air fill cyst to rupture and leak out air causing a mild lung collapse. ...Read more

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Spontaneous Pneumothorax (Definition)

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


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I have a collapsed lung and everytime i sneeze i feel that my chest hurts?

Inflammation: Air in the pleural cavity can cause irritation leading to pain on chest wall movement, like coughing or deep breathing. Treatment depends on the cause of the collapsed lung, the size of the collapse, and other symptoms. ...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 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. ...Read more

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

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. ...Read more

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Can living at a higher altitude cause spontaneous pneumothorax?

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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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?

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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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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