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.
Eventually. It is important you communicate with your thoracic surgeon. Thoracic surgeon can provide you with instructions and guidance for safe activity. It will be important to ascertain what caused the spontaneous pneumothorax and what if any treatments are recommended to facilitate resuming safe activities.
I have had 3 pleurodesis for spontaneous pneumothorax. Can I ever fly on a plane or no? Also can I ride roller coasters?
Need more info. This can only be answered by your pulmonologist who has your medical history concerning your lungs.
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.
Sudden change. There is usually the sudden onset of shortness of breath, maybe difficulty breathing, and maybe pain on the side of the chest where the pneumothorax occurred.
Pain, short breath. Usually pain when it happens, then shortness of breath. Small spontaneous pneumothoraces may have no symptoms.
Small blebs. Single or multiple small emphysematous blebs (appear like little blisters, or clusters of grapes) ionesco or more pop like a ballon and air collects in the pleural space= 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.
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.
Pneumothorax. A pneumothorax is air that is trapped next to a lung. The common symptom is a sudden sharp chest pain followed by pains when you breathe in. You may become breathless. In most cases, the pneumothorax clears without needing treatment. The trapped air of a large pneumothorax may need to be removed if it causes breathing difficulty.
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.
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.
Yes. Primary spontaneous pneumothoraces (sps) generally occur in people aged 20-30 years. The male:female ratio is estimated 6 to 1. Risk factors for primary and secondary spontaneous pneumothorax (sp) include: smoking (including marijuana), tall thin stature in otherwise healthy, connective tissue disorders, pregnancy, familial history. Lung inflammation is also hypothesized to be important.