Collapsed Lung (cont.)
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The primary cause of a pneumothorax is trauma to the chest cavity. A fractured rib, for example, could puncture the lung. In addition, penetrating trauma from a bullet, knife, or other sharp object can directly puncture the lung.
Sometimes, very tall, thin people are prone to a spontaneous pneumothorax. In this condition, the lung collapses after minimal or no trauma. Other risk factors are cigarette smoking and recreational drug use or abuse.
Disease-related pneumothorax can occur due to abnormalities in the lung tissue.
Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 11/3/2014
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