Air around the lung; Air outside the lung; Pneumothorax; Spontaneous pneumothorax
There is no known way to prevent a collapsed lung, but you can decrease your risk by not smoking.
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Review Date: 08/19/2009
Reviewed By: David A. Kaufman, MD, Section Chief, Pulmonary, Critical Care & Sleep Medicine, Bridgeport Hospital-Yale New Haven Health System, and Assistant Clinical Professor, Yale University School of Medicine, New Haven, CT. Review provided by VeriMed Healthcare Network. Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Medical Director, A.D.A.M., Inc.