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

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Dr. Ronald Krauser
Internal Medicine - Rheumatology

In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
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