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Dr. Loki Skylizard
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Spontaneous Pneumothorax (Overview)

Pneumothorax is the collection of air or gas in the space inside the chest around the lungs, which leads to a lung collapse.


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I would like info about spontaneous pneumothorax?

I would like info about spontaneous pneumothorax?

Unexpected: A spontaneous pneumothorax occurs when there is a sudden increase in pressure in the lung, causing a rupture. Most occur in people having a weakness on the surface of the lung, making it more susceptible to rupture. Treatment, if needed, is usually tube insertion for a first episode, and surgery for subsequent events. ...Read more

Dr. Loki Skylizard
291 doctors shared insights

Spontaneous Pneumothorax (Overview)

Pneumothorax is the collection of air or gas in the space inside the chest around the lungs, which leads to a lung collapse.


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What are the symptoms of spontaneous pneumothorax?

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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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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How long does it take to die once a spontaneous pneumothorax starts?

You don't die.: Small ones do not even require treatment. Larger ones can easily be treated with the temporary use of a chest tube which will reinflate the lung. Deaths from a pneumothorax are rare. Since you are a smoker i would guess the pneumothorax was the result of a rupture of a bleb or cyst secondary to emphysema. Stop smoking. ...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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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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What do you suggest if I have a spontaneous pneumothorax, can it be healed on its own?

Depends: How are you feeling? Have you had any before? Have you had any treatment? Symptoms, recurrence, and response to therapy all impact treatment recommendations. ...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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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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