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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.

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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.

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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 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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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.

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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.

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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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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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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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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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Should I go to the hospital straight away for spontaneous pneumothorax?

Should I go to the hospital straight away for spontaneous pneumothorax?

Yes: Spontaneous pneumothorax can cause shortness of breath and pain. If air continues to build around the lung you can get a tension pneumothorax which can put pressure on your heart and decrease your blood pressure severely. Treatment is a chest tube with possible pleurodesis if spontaneous pneumothorax recurs.

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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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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.

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What do you suggest if I have a spontaneous pneumothorax, can it be healed on its own?

What do you suggest if I have a spontaneous pneumothorax, can it be healed on its own?

Likely: It depends on the size and your symptoms but the majority of these do not require treatment

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Can you fly after surgery for a spontaneous pneumothorax?

Eventually: It is important you communicate with your surgeon. He/she will provide you with post-operative instructions including encouraged activities and any limitations. Depending on the extent of surgery and how things go after surgery, your doctor will give you instructions to assure your safety.

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