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Can you get a collapsed lung from holding your breath for too long?

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Dr. Robert Kwok
Pediatrics
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In brief: No

Holding one's breath a long time is not a known risk factor for collapsing a lung.
The risk factors are smoking, and having lung diseases such as asthma, cystic fibrosis, chronic obstructive lung problems, etc... Also, a person who has had one spontaneous pneumothorax (collapsed lung) is at higher risk for having another pneumothorax.

In brief: No

Holding one's breath a long time is not a known risk factor for collapsing a lung.
The risk factors are smoking, and having lung diseases such as asthma, cystic fibrosis, chronic obstructive lung problems, etc... Also, a person who has had one spontaneous pneumothorax (collapsed lung) is at higher risk for having another pneumothorax.
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Dr. Loki Skylizard
Surgery - Thoracic

In brief: Not exactly...

Just holding one's breath is not a risk factor per se.
However, hyper inflating your lungs can result in pneumothorax in individuals with blebs and abnormal lung tissue. The practice of sucking in deep and hold one's breath while smoking drugs such as marijuana is associated with spontaneous pneumothorax.

In brief: Not exactly...

Just holding one's breath is not a risk factor per se.
However, hyper inflating your lungs can result in pneumothorax in individuals with blebs and abnormal lung tissue. The practice of sucking in deep and hold one's breath while smoking drugs such as marijuana is associated with spontaneous pneumothorax.
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