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Are you at a higher risk of a pneumothorax if you already had one before?
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In brief: Yes
However if it was due to a cracked rib or a car crash or some injury to the chest there should be a low risk.
If the pneumothorax occurred on its own without trauma, then the risk is higher.

In brief: Yes
However if it was due to a cracked rib or a car crash or some injury to the chest there should be a low risk.
If the pneumothorax occurred on its own without trauma, then the risk is higher.
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Dr. Loki Skylizard
Surgery - Thoracic
In brief: Generally yes
A pneumothorax by trauma is different from spontaneous pneumothorax (sp).
Published 5yr first recurrence rates for primary sps are around 20-30+%. For secondary sps, around 40+%. You should discuss with your thoracic surgeon the specifics and reasonable expectations of your pneumothorax. Be well.

In brief: Generally yes
A pneumothorax by trauma is different from spontaneous pneumothorax (sp).
Published 5yr first recurrence rates for primary sps are around 20-30+%. For secondary sps, around 40+%. You should discuss with your thoracic surgeon the specifics and reasonable expectations of your pneumothorax. Be well.
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