What is a Pneumothorax?
A pneumothorax is collection of air or gas in space surrounding the lungs. The space surrounding the lungs is called pleural space. Pleural space is lined by a smooth membrane called pleura. The pleura normally are in contact with each other, but they can become separated when air, fluid or blood collects between them.
A pneumothorax is also called: collapsed lung, air around the lung, and air outside the lung.
Types of Pneumothorax
There are several types of pneumothorax. The types are classified by cause.
Symptoms of Pneumothorax
Common symptoms of pneumothorax are:
Can Pneumothorax be Treated?
Yes. Treatment often involves removal of the air from the pleural space. When air is removed, the lung is able to to re-expand. Surgery may be needed to prevent recurrent episodes.
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