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Content updated on Sep 20, 2022

What is spontaneous pneumothorax?

Leaking of air from the lungs, into the space around the lungs. There is sometimes no clear cause at first (spontaneous pneumothorax). Risk factors include smoking, emphysema, and genetic diseases.

Symptoms of spontaneous pneumothorax

  • Chest pain when coughing or during deep breathing

  • Chest pain

  • Back pain

  • Feeling breathless

  • Chest tightness

  • Left-sided chest pain

Questions your doctor may ask to check for spontaneous pneumothorax

Your doctor may ask these questions to diagnose spontaneous pneumothorax

  • Do you have a sharp chest pain when you cough or take a deep breath?

  • Do you have any chest pain?

  • Do you have back pain?

  • Are you breathless or having hard time breathing?

  • Do you have chest tightness?

Treatment for spontaneous pneumothorax

This requires emergency medical care. In mild cases, hospitalization may be required for monitoring and oxygen while the condition recovers by itself. However, in some cases air must be removed - this is done by placing a needle or tube in the chest.

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