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Is a Pneumothorax Affecting You?

Learn about the type of pneumothorax that is affecting you.

Spontaneous pneumothorax - occurs when air escapes from the lung causing it to collapse. This type of pneumothorax occurs for no apparent reason.

Tension pneumothorax - a severe pneumothorax that can be life-threatening. The lung collapse is usually more than 50%. The cause of this type of pneumothorax can be a traumatic event, or a severe spontaneous pneumothorax.

Traumatic pneumothorax - results from a puncture wound to the lung, causing the lung to collapse. This can also be life-threatening.

Does Loud Music Cause a Pneumothorax?

From the BBC:

Loud music can do more than damage your hearing - it can also cause your lungs to collapse.

Experts writing in the Thorax detail four cases where loud music fans experienced the condition, known as a pneumothorax.

One man was driving when he experienced a pneumothorax, characterised by breathlessness and chest pain.

Doctors linked it to a 1,000 watt "bass box" fitted to his car to boost the power of his stereo.

A pneumothorax occurs when air gets into the space between the lung and the membrane that covers it when small breaks occur in the lung wall.

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Replay of Live Innovative Lung Surgery Broadcast

Cincinnati — An innovative operation to treat lung cancer was broadcast live via the Internet on Thursday, Dec. 18 at 5:00 pm from University Hospital. John Howington, MD, director, division of Thoracic Surgery, demonstrated a Video Assisted Thoracic Surgery (VATS) with lobectomy. This event was moderated by Walter Merrill, MD, chief, section of cardiothoracic surgery.
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Research on Familial Spontaneous Pneumothorax

Source: Christine Kim Garcia, MD/PhD; UT Southwestern Medical Center

Our research focuses on identifying and studying families in which multiple members have suffered a spontaneous pneumothorax SP). It is hoped that by studying the genetics of these families, we will have a better understanding of what causes the pulmonary blebs whose rupture leads to this disease.
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Pneumothorax Survey #1: 2,000 Submitted

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More than 2,000 individuals have already completed the survey. The bar graph to the right shows the distribution of treatment for pneumothorax. Please help us learn more about pneumothorax by completing the survey. Go to the Survey

Bilateral Pleurodesis Personal Experience

Back in 1999 when I was 18 years old I woke up one morning with the most awful pressure in my chest. I was short of breath but not drastically, what really struck me was that every time I took a step the impact of my foot on the ground sent a sharp stabbing pain up my right side.
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AEM: Emergency Bedside Ultrasound to Detect Pneumothorax

A relatively new application of emergency ultrasound is its use in the diagnosis of pneumothorax. In patients with major trauma, early detection and treatment of pneumothorax are vital.
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ATS: Catamenial pneumothorax: retrospective study of surgical treatment

Catamenial pneumothorax is a rare entity characterized by recurrent accumulation of air in the thoracic space during menstruation. Catamenial pneumothorax is also associated with a high rate of postoperative recurrence.
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CHEST: Ultrasound-Guided Thoracentesis

All patients referred to interventional radiology for diagnostic and/or therapeutic ultrasound-guided thoracentesis between August 1997 and September 2000.
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Tension Pneumothorax Flash Animation

The following is an animation of a tension pneumothorax. Although this is an extreme example of a pneumothorax, it does provide a general idea of a small rupture causing the lung to collapse. Click here to see the animation.

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