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Doctor insights on: Pneumothorax Resolved Can I Resume Smoking

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Could i get pneumothorax[lung collapse] from smoking?

Could i get pneumothorax[lung collapse] from smoking?

Yes: Yes, but not directly. Most spontaneous pneumothoraces are caused by rupture of blebs, which are located on the surface of the lungs. Smoking can make the blebs grow in size over time, which makes them more susceptible to rupture. ...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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I had a spontaneous pneumothorax one month ago. They said to me that it should stop smoking, my question is if besides the cigarette also I have to leave the marijuana.

I had a spontaneous pneumothorax one month ago. They said to me that it should stop smoking, my question is if besides the cigarette also I have to leave the marijuana.

Any action: That induces negative pressure in the chest, a condition that is caused by deep inhalation, would pre-dispose you to develop pneumothorax. So, yes, no one can force you to stop smoking marijuana, but your chances of recurrence is high unless you stop smoking it. ...Read more

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How can I treat pneumothorax?

Depends on the size: Some pneumothoraces will resolve on their own. Larger pneumothoraces require a tube to be placed in the chest to pre-expand the lung. If someone has multiple pneumothoraces they may need a surgical procedure called a pleurodesis to prevent it from happening again. ...Read more

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How is a pneumothorax diagnosed?

How is a pneumothorax diagnosed?

Exam and X-ray. : Pneumothorax is first and foremost diagnosed clinically based on symptoms (shortness of breath, increased breathing, oxygen requirement) and by listening to the chest (decreased breath sounds). It should be confirmed by chest x-ray. If a small pneumothorax is present, physical exam is less reliable and a chest x-ray should be done. ...Read more

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How does pneumothorax come about?

How does pneumothorax come about?

Air: Pneumothorax occurs when air enters the space between the lung and the chest wall. The air pushes/collapses the lung. It has to be removed with a drainage procedure but small pneumothoraces can resolve on their own with time. ...Read more

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What do you recommend for pneumothorax?

What do you recommend for pneumothorax?

Depends: If small, just observation .. If large and symptoms (shortness of breath or pain), may need catheter or tube to evacuate pneumothorax and reinflate the lung ... ...Read more

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Whats spontaneuous pneumothorax recovery time?

Whats spontaneuous pneumothorax recovery time?

Depends: Depending size, the leak can potentially seal in a few days like a scab formation. Full resolution of "small" pneumothorax, without intervention, generally takes up to 10 days. Lung "healing" takes weeks to months. The recovery from surgery is variable depending on techniques and patient specifics. If someone smokes (tobacco or marijuana), the lung continues to be damaged. ...Read more

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Is there a cure for pneumothorax?

Is there a cure for pneumothorax?

Yes: It may resolve on its own. It may require a catheter or tube to evacuate the air to relieve any shortness of breath. It may need surgery if it recurs to remove blebs (air cysts) at the top of the lung. ...Read more

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How can I treat tension pneumothorax?

Needle Decompression: Tension pneumothorax is one of the few medical emergencies where a life can be saved or lost in a matter of minutes if not recognized early. While diagnosis can be difficult, treatment is a simple, rapid needle decompression of the pleural space by inserting a large bore angiocatheter just above the 3rd rib. With the patient stabilized a larger chest tube is placed until the pneumothorax resolves. ...Read more

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How does pneumothorax happen for no reason?

How does pneumothorax happen for no reason?

Happens for a reason: Adolescents & young adults have "spontaneous" pneumothorax more frequently than other folks. The lung tissue usually has a minor congenital defect called a "bleb, " that bursts leading to a leak of air outside the lung - pneumothorax ensues. These folks are usually tall & lean. Of course, trauma can lead to pneumothorax, as can certain illnesses, particularly, marfan's syndrome. ...Read more

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How debilitating is a tension pneumothorax?

How debilitating is a tension pneumothorax?

Can be deadly: Tension pneumothorax occurs when pressure builds up in one side of the chest and collapses the lung. This is rapidly fatal and is treated as an emergency. Once it is released, a tube is left in the chest for a few days. After it is removed, people usually recover completely. ...Read more

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Can you tell me about pneumothorax surgery?

Several: The first one is the placement of a tube that will go into a water seal or suction to decrease the pressure in the chest cavity against the lung. You then wait for healing and closure. If unable they can do sealing with a clot, patching or oversewing, but the first one is best if it can do it. ...Read more