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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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What is pneumothorax?

What is pneumothorax?

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 more

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Is pneumothorax common?

Is pneumothorax common?

Yes: Pneumothorax can be spontaneous and occurs 7.4 and 1.2 per 100, 000 in men & women respectively. It also results after trauma, surgery, respirator therapy and needle biopsy of the lung. Some cases are treated conservatively, others require placement of a surgical chest tube for re-expansion of the lung. ...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?

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 is pneumothorax and it`s causes?

What is pneumothorax and it`s causes?

Air in pleural space: Pneumothorax happens when air collects in the space around the lungs - between the lungs and the chest wall. The air usually comes from a hole in the airways or lungs, although a hole in the esophagus can do it too (rarely). ...Read more

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What is pneumothorax? What causes it?

What is pneumothorax? What causes it?

Collapsed lung: Potentially life threatening disease! Many reasons. Check with your lung specialist and discuss the need of a CT scan of the chest and lungs. Good luck. ...Read more

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Pneumothorax-- can it come on slowly ?

Sort of...: It is estimated up to 10% of spontaneous pneumothoraces are asymptomatic and/or unrecognized. It is possible for someone to develop an asymptomatic pneumothorax that progresses and becomes symptomatic hours, even days later. ...Read more

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