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Can a normal, healthy person die from a spontaneous collapsed lung before making it to the e.R.?

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Dr. Carin Van Gelder
Emergency Medicine
4 doctors agree

In brief: Usually NOT

Healthy people with a spontaneous pneumothorax usually tolerate it very well.
Everything's possible, but a spontaneous pneumothorax doesn't tend to progress to a tension pneumothorax (which causes cardiovascular compromise quickly).

In brief: Usually NOT

Healthy people with a spontaneous pneumothorax usually tolerate it very well.
Everything's possible, but a spontaneous pneumothorax doesn't tend to progress to a tension pneumothorax (which causes cardiovascular compromise quickly).
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Dr. Gregory Harvey
Orthopedic Surgery

In brief: Yes

Although unlikely there is a chance a person can die from a lung collapse especially if the person has concomitant heart disease.

In brief: Yes

Although unlikely there is a chance a person can die from a lung collapse especially if the person has concomitant heart disease.
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