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mum2sam Fri 31-Aug-07 10:32:59

and how can it be treated? A family member has just been diagnosed with this.

chopster Fri 31-Aug-07 10:34:21

not dangerous as far as I know. Just very painful - I was given loads of painkillers and it evenutally sorted itself out.

chopster Fri 31-Aug-07 10:37:06

jsut looked online and there are lots of different types, and it depends on the severity. Mine was caused by a twin pregnancy so I guess not so bad.

vole3 Fri 31-Aug-07 12:10:50

Usually a pneumothorax is treated according to size. Small ones can respond to rest and painrelief and the body will sort it out given time, larger ones need a chest drain to be inserted to allow the air to escape from where it has become trapped between the lung and chest wall.
A tension pneumothorax is much more dangerous as the pressure around the collapsed lung builds up and eventually shunts everything across and compresses the good lung and heart, so not a good thing to have at all, but again it is readily treated with a chest drain.
Some people, usually tall, slender teenagers and those in their 20's, seem to be more prone to this happening spontaneously. Otherwise it can be associated with chest / rib trauma or certain lung diseases. It can also occur following very hard laughing - so no trips to see live comedy

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