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Collapsed Lung (cont.)

What Is the Outlook for a Person with a Collapsed Lung?

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.

How Can a Collapsed Lung Be Prevented?

Avoidance is the key to prevention. If you are at risk, avoid cigarette smoking to help prevent spontaneous pneumothorax.

REFERENCES:

Daley, BJ, MD. "Pneumothorax." Medscape. Updated: Jul 20, 2016.
<http://emedicine.medscape.com/article/424547-overview>


Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 9/11/2017

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