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Doctor insights on: What's Spontaneuous Pneumothorax Recovery Time

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What's spontaneuous pneumothorax recovery time?

What's 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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Do people ever have a pneumothorax and atelectasis at the same time?

Do people ever have a pneumothorax and atelectasis at the same time?

Yes: Atelectasis (at-uh-lek-tuh-sis) — a complete or partial collapse of a lung or lobe of a lung — develops when the tiny air sacs (alveoli) within the lung become deflated. Pneumothorax results in "collapse" or unexpanded lung. Effectively, an extreme degree of atelectasis. ...Read more

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I had a pneumothorax on my left lung 3 times but have not had surgery and has not happened now for 3 years can I fly to america on a 7 hour flight?

I had a pneumothorax on my left lung 3 times but have not had surgery and has not happened now for 3 years can I fly to america on a 7 hour flight?

Probably.: Typically one does surgery after pneumothorax has happened two times. I am not sure why it was not done in your case. I would not do surgery however just to prevent pneumothorax from happening. It does not work that way. ...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?

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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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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How fast can I make my pneumothorax go away?

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 more

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What should I do about a small pneumothorax?

Close monitoring: Sometimes, a small pneumothorax can be monitored outside of the hospital with daily chest xrays. BUT, this must be coordinated with your doctor because, sometimes, the collapse can become very large all of the sudden. That can be life-threatening.

So, very important to coordinate follow up with your doctor. ...Read more

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What does it mean to suffer from pneumothorax?

A hole in your lung: Put your fist in a slightly inflated balloon. Your fist is your lung. The balloon represents the lung lining both inner and outer. The space inside is where a small amount of fluid lives. When the outer balloon is punctured by something (broken rib, ect), air pushes down onto your lung, and your lung 'drops'. We place a little tube into that space to re-inflate your lung, allowing healing. ...Read more

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Really nervous about pneumothorax, what can I do?

Pneumothorax?: Is there any reason why you would be at risk for pneumothorax? If not, I think it's okay for you to find something else a little less unlikely to worry about. ...Read more

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How long after a pneumothorax can I return to work?

How long after a pneumothorax can I return to work?

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 more

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I was wondering what are the causes of pneumothorax?

Many: A pneumothorax is a collapse of the lung in the chest space due to air escaping the lung. It can be from penetrating trauma, such as a stab wound or gunshot wound. They also can be complications of procedures, such as removal of fluid from around the lung or placement of a central line.

But, many times, it can be from a rupture of a bubble that was present in the lung since birth. ...Read more