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Collapsed lung

  • Alternative Names

    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.


    Light RW, Lee GY. Pneumothorax, Chylothorax, Hemothorax, and Fibrothorax. In: Mason RJ, Murray JF, Broaddus VC, Nadel JA, eds. Textbook of Respiratory Medicine. 4th ed. Philadelphia, Pa: Saunders Elsevier; 2005: chap 69.