Collapsed Lung (cont.)
Collapsed Lung Prognosis
- The prognosis of pneumothorax depends on its cause.
- For a spontaneous pneumothorax, there is an increased risk for another collapsed lung in the future.
- If no tension is present, the condition is easily treated by removal of the air, which re-expands the lung and returns lung function to normal after a few days.
- Tension pneumothorax is life-threatening and may be fatal.
- Some scarring to the pleura develops after treatment and can result in intermittent, sharp, localized, chest pain over the short term.
- In general, once the pneumothorax has healed, there
is no long-term effect on health. However, spontaneous pneumothorax can recur
in up to 50% of people.
Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 8/9/2012
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