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Are you at a higher risk of a pneumothorax if you have already had one?
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Dr. Sue Ferranti
Internal Medicine
1 doctor agrees
In brief: Depends...
Recurrent pneumothorax depends on the reason behind the first pneumothorax.
If this etiology is treated, your risk of a recurrent problem is much lower. See your doctor to discuss your individual case!

In brief: Depends...
Recurrent pneumothorax depends on the reason behind the first pneumothorax.
If this etiology is treated, your risk of a recurrent problem is much lower. See your doctor to discuss your individual case!
Dr. Sue Ferranti
Dr. Sue Ferranti
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Dr. Robert Kwok
Pediatrics
1 doctor agrees
In brief: Yes
Persons who get one spontaneous pneumothorax (collapsed lung for no apparent reason) are at a higher risk for getting another one later. Some articles say that 25% to 50% of patients will get a second pneumothorax.
The majority of the recurrences happen within the first year or two after the previous pneumothorax.

In brief: Yes
Persons who get one spontaneous pneumothorax (collapsed lung for no apparent reason) are at a higher risk for getting another one later. Some articles say that 25% to 50% of patients will get a second pneumothorax.
The majority of the recurrences happen within the first year or two after the previous pneumothorax.
Dr. Robert Kwok
Dr. Robert Kwok
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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.
Dr. Loki Skylizard
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Dr. Aaron Milstone
Internal Medicine - Pulmonology
In brief: Yes
With each pneumothorax (collapsed lung) your risk of another increases significantly.

In brief: Yes
With each pneumothorax (collapsed lung) your risk of another increases significantly.
Dr. Aaron Milstone
Dr. Aaron Milstone
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