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What Do You Recommend For Pneumothorax
Rest!: A lung can take weeks to fully recover from a pneumothorax, depending on the cause, extent, and treatment of it. The primary goal is to 'reinflate' the lung and prevent air from again leaking into the pleural space. This will require rest, and regardless of the severity, caution: having had a pneumothorax increases the likelihood of developing another later in life. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Air around the lung: There is normally no air in the thin space between the rib cage and the lungs. Normally the negative pressure inside the ribcage keeps the lung inflated with the lung gliding against the cage. The lungs expand as the rib cage moves. If there is a hole in the lung or if there is a stab from the outside to inside of the rib cage, the pressure rises and the lung collapses - a pneumothorax. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Depends on work: As long as you are not breathing hard or lifting heavy objects you may return when breathing is comfortable. Wait 6 weeks at least for healing before anything strenuous and have a follow up x-ray before that time has passed to make sure the lung is fully inflated. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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