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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 Jay B. Zatzkin, MD; American Board of Internal Medicine with subspecialty in Medical Oncology

REFERENCES:

MedscapeReference.com. Pneumothorax Treatment & Management.

PubMed Health. Collapsed Lung.


Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 11/3/2014

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