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Content updated on Jun 1, 2022

What is tension pneumothorax?

Leaking of air from the lungs, into the space around the lungs and heart. In tension pneumothorax, the pressure outside the heart builds up and can be life-threatening. Risk factors include smoking and genetic diseases.

Symptoms related to tension pneumothorax

  • Feeling breathless

  • Chest pain

  • Pain across my entire chest

  • Back pain

  • Cold sweats

  • Left-sided chest pain

Questions your doctor may ask to check for tension pneumothorax

Your doctor may ask these questions to diagnose tension pneumothorax

  • Are you breathless or having hard time breathing?

  • Do you have any chest pain?

  • Do you have pain over your entire chest?

  • Do you have back pain?

  • Do you have cold sweats?

Treatment for tension pneumothorax

This requires emergency medical care. A needle or tube is placed in the chest to let the excess air and pressure out. In repeated cases, a procedure or surgery may be done to seal the air leak permanently.

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